What is the law regarding active duty military and relocation without penalty?

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What is the law regarding active duty military and relocation without penalty?

Is there the same relief for federal contractors? These employees (contractors) work for military installations and contracts can suddenly be cancelled (based on the needs of the military) and the federal contractor has to move to a new location (their company requires it.) Do they have any recourse for not losing their deposit? Also, the landlord charged the maximum security deposit allowed by statute then charged an additional “cleaning fee deposit” on top of that. I cannot find where that is allowed by statute and appears to be in violation of the Tenant Security Deposit Act.

Asked on March 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Military personnel in this country under the Soldiers and Sailor's Relief Act as well as other federal statutes are allowed to give 30 days notice to their landlord to end their lease without recourse if they are deployed to another location from where the military personnel is currently living.

Unfortunately the above act does not apply to federal contractors and their employees. Typically the federal contractor takes care of the tenancy issues with respect to employees that they have to relocate as part of their compensation.

As to the double charge on the cleaning fee deposit, that is not allowed. Only one legitimate cleaning fee can be charged.

 


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