Sample Letter: Disputing Deductions From Your Security Deposit
Use this letter as a guide to creating a letter disputing money withheld by your landlord from your security deposit.
Dear (Landlord's Name),
I am writing to dispute deductions taken from my security deposit.
The holes in the walls from the pictures I hung are normal wear and tear. Money for spackling cannot be taken from my security deposit.
The charge for cleaning the rug is too high. I realize it was our fault for staining it. However, you are charging too much. It should not cost more than $XXX.
Therefore, I believe that we are entitled to another $XXX returned from our deposit. If we do not settle this, I am willing to go to Small Claims Court over this matter.
Former tenants at: (previous address)
For more information on writing sample letters to resolve problems with your landlord you can view other articles on this site: Sample Letter 1: Withholding Rent, Sample Letter 2: Demanding Repairs, Sample Letter 3: Demanding Return of Security Deposit, Sample Letter 4: Disputing A Late Fee, and Sample Letter 6: Negotiating A Rent Reduction as Compensation.
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