Twenty six percent of renters who do not get their security deposits back when they move out, according to a survey conducted by Rent.com. Landlords cite early move-outs as the biggest reason for withholding security deposits, and 44 percent of renters between 18 and 24 report that they broke their lease agreements in the cases in which their security deposits were not returned. Pet damage also accounted for a small percentage of retained deposits, with nine percent of women and three percent of men crediting their furry friends for their failure to recoup their deposit[1]. More than a third of all respondents said that their landlords would not tell them why their deposits were withheld even though this is illegal in many states.

 


[1] http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/01/30/many-renters-don-t-get-security-deposits-back