Landlord is required to return your security deposit within 30 days of receiving your keys.
Your landlord is required to return your security deposit within 30 days of the time that you have given your keys to the landlord. Returning your keys to the landlord forfeits your right to access the property.
If your landlord decides to keep a portion or all of your security deposit, he or she must provide an itemized list of costs incurred. The landlord must also provide invoices or receipts from legitimate entities.
Your landlord can only keep a portion or all of your security deposit to cover the cost of unpaid rent or other charges or damages that have been caused beyond normal wear and tear.
If you disagree with the landlord’s decision to keep all or some of your security deposit, your only option under the law is to file a claim in court. You can also sue for double the amount you believe has been wrongfully withheld by your landlord.
A pet deposit, key deposit, garage deposit, or last month's rent paid in advance may all be part of your security deposit. If the total security deposit is greater than one month's rent, the landlord owes 5% interest annually on the amount in excess of one month's rent.
Before giving or receiving money, be clear about what the money is for and whether it is refundable. A deposit to "hold the unit," an application fee, or a fee for a credit check are probably not security deposits.
For over forty years, the Cleveland Tenants Organization has pursued its mission to educate tenants and landlords, empower the community, and advocate for affordable, fair, and quality rental housing. Throughout our history we have made an incredible impact for tens of thousands of renters in Northeast Ohio, preventing homelessness, resolving disputes between tenants and landlords, advocating for the needs of low to moderate income tenants, informing citizens of their rights and responsibilities in rental housing, and empowering tenants individually and collectively to represent themselves and their interests.
While the need in our community is greater than ever, it is with deep sadness that the CTO board of directors voted to suspend CTO's operations. Over the past decade many of our board members have watched financial support for CTO slowly decline to the point where the organization became no longer sustainable, leaving us no choice but to lay off our remaining staff.
We are grateful that tenants in Northeast Ohio will continue to have access to a rental information hotline, as CTO's rental information line will be covered by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland effective February 5, 2018. Renters can call 216-861- 5955 during business hours if they need information about their rights and responsibilities. CTO's website will also be maintained as a resource by Legal Aid.
CTO's board remains committed to the organization's mission, and over the coming months will be exploring ways to maintain different pieces of CTO's core service provision by partnering with other agencies in our community.