Can a landlord legally keep a security despot if a tenant didn’t move into the apartment because they lost their job?

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Can a landlord legally keep a security despot if a tenant didn’t move into the apartment because they lost their job?

I was looking to rent an apartment and I paid a $850 security deposit. Later on in the month I lost my job so I was unable to move in at the beginning of the month. Now I did sign a lease that was suppose to take effect on the 1st of this month. However I notified the landlord that I was no longer able to move a week before that date, but the land lord is still refusing to return the deposit. Is there anything I can do?

Asked on April 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

Glenn M. Lyon, Esq. / MacGregor Lyon, LLC.

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the terms of the security deposit.  Was refundable or not?  If not, then no.


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