How are Security Deposits Handled?

We receive many questions about security deposits. In the video below we answer a few:

  • Who holds the deposit while the resident occupies the unit?

    • RL Property Management holds these funds in our Property Management Trust account as required by Ohio law.

  • How much is the security deposit?

    • RL Property Management typically charges one month’s rent as a security deposit. If a rental application is on the fence of being approved for one reason or another, we may elect to charge two month’s rent as a security deposit.

  • Who keeps the security deposit at the end of occupancy?

    • Based on a detailed comparison of the move-in condition and the move-out condition we withhold funds from the deposit to cover the following:

      • Tenant Damages (Purposeful, Accidental)

      • Abnormal Wear and Tear

    • Tenants cannot be charged for all “repairs”. Normal “wear and tear” and functionality (door stops, rubbing doors, improper outlets, etc.) issues cannot be charged back to the resident.

    • We may also withhold funds from the deposit to cover unpaid rent, unpaid utility bills, unpaid fees, maintenance charges, etc.

  • What if the deposit is insufficient to cover damages?

    • RL Property Management sends a final “invoice” to past residents showing them any outstanding balance.

    • If unpaid, any outstanding balance would have to be collected through the legal system.

If you are looking for a team that has several decades of experience identifying and dealing with issues like these, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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