Ironically, there is a great deal of insecurity for Bay Area landlords when it comes to security deposits. 

A security deposit, of course, is money that the landlord holds to protect themselves in case the tenant breaks the rental agreement. This protection, however, yields to risk when a tenant has their hand out and demands their money back. Security deposits are the most commonly litigated issues between landlords and tenants, and the domain of Bornstein Law.


California specifies procedures and deadlines that the rental property owner must follow to the letter, in terms of refunding, using, and accounting for tenants’ security deposits. As the Bay Area’s foremost experts in landlord-tenant law, Bornstein Law can help ensure compliance.


Security deposits are a sure way to obstruct an orderly transition from one tenant to the next, but the guidance of a competent legal team will soften the landing and get this thorn out of your side. For informed advice, contact our offices today. 

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Articles On Security Deposits


Security Deposits 101

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Security Deposit Deductions

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What Is "Normal Wear And Tear" Anyways?

The landlord can deduct for deficiencies not caused by wear and tear, but this term is shrouded in mystery. We've put together a one-page cheat sheet for landlords to evaluate the damages to their rental units, whether they are blemishes that should be expected over the course of time, or owed to the neglect of tenants.





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