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Landlord and Tenant: Security Deposit Trap

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | August 7, 2008

Posted by Cliff Tuttle

So you’re eighteen at last and moving into your first apartment with a few friends. There’s rent and a security deposit to pay. You don’t have much money, but no problem. Everybody pays their share.

Then someday, you move on.

About a month ago, I answered a question involving this situation posted by someone from Philadelphia on a website operated by AVVO. AVVO is a multi-state lawyer rating service that has a place for consumers to ask questions and lawyers to provide answers. This particular Q&A has been read by 39 people and one of them left feedback that the answer was helpful. To find out how this story developed, click here.

Hey! Its tough being a grown up!


POSTSCRIPT: I discovered through Google that another AVVO Question I answered was carried on line by a publication called “Washington CEO.” The Question was about releasing a personal guarantee securing a loan to a business when the employee who gave the guarantee is leaving. In a way, it is a variation on the landlord-tenant Q&A. It is the first Q&A reprinted in the Washington CEO article. My answer is the second one, as another lawyer had also responded. To read the Washington CEO article on AVVO Answers, click here.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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