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Old 03-27-2020, 01:44 PM
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Hello Everyone

Here is my situation. We are selling our current home and waiting for a new one to be built. We lined up a short term month to month rental and paid the security, pet and key deposit. We were scheduled to move in on April 3rd.

Last night we found out that due to the virus outbreak our escrow needs to be extended 30 days. We notified the landlord today that we will not be moving in and to please return our deposit. They are refusing. Need so guidance on some of the legality of them holding our deposit. The deposit breaks down in the following way $3,600 Deposit, $1,000 Pet, and $100 key deposit.

Happy to answer any clarifying questions. Appreciate the help.
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:18 PM
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You would need to post the details of the lease, Many lease contracts read if they took it off the market expecting at least 30 days with a notice you could be liable for at least the first month (30 days) key and pet deposit I would think you would have the right to receive that back, and they are required by law to send you an itemization within a specific timeframe. Make sure you gave them acceptable formal 30 notice immediately as your still under that contract. Sounds like you may have done that part.

Without seeing the lease the question is impossible to answer accurately.

What is the name of the contract forms used on the lease?

Try the Housing Authority, there may be special loopholes now as you seem to be affected by COVID-19 slowing down your sale. Not sure if they have any special circumstances, it would be best to send them a copy of the lease and they can provide your options, if any. Home - Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

In the future you would make the lease contingent on your home closing escrow if you did not already do that. If its a hot property that would make you a less desirable choice, but would protect you from this issue.

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