Security Charges

By joanne

my landlord charged me 2 months security in nj. she did provide me with where it was 30 days after we moved in, but not since then, it has been a year and a half. i want to use 1/2 month rent she charged me extra and apply towards rent owed. i have fallen behind and want to use that to come up to date. she refuses to use that saying that that is her life savings. it would really help if she would help us.  Also since she has not told us since we moved in where or even if our deposit is still in an account , can i use all of it for rent

Edited on: Friday, August 12th, 2011 7:07 am

2 Responses to “Security Charges”

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January 8th, 2009 7:53 am

Deposits cannot be used for rent. A deposit is a security that you will leave the property in good condition. Regardless of how much of a deposit you paid, it is still a deposit and nothing else. If you’re stating that you over paid your deposit… this is something you should have worked out when you moved in, not 1.5 years later.
You can’t use any of your deposit towards rent. Look at the lease dealing with deposits, I’m certain it will spell this out.


January 9th, 2009 7:39 am

I thought you could use your deposit towards rent too, but I found out that that’s not true. I think if part of the deposit was titled a “Last Months Deposit” you can and should use it for your last month. But if it is called a security deposit or something like that, you are screwed.


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