Kennesaw, GA asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: Hello, If I pay rent weekly, my security deposit was only 1 weeks' rent ( 150) Can my landlord use the deposit ifor

1 weeks rent ? and continue to pay rent going forward ? .

1 Lawyer Answer
Anitra Walker
Anitra Walker
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Yes, if the landlord is in agreement. However, normally, a security deposit is not to be applied to rent while the tenant is still occupying the property. The deposit essentially serves as security to your landlord, in the event you leave the property damaged or in the event you leave without paying rent. Have you already had a conversation with your landlord about this as an option? If they are willing that's great for you and I would request that agreement be in writing. However, the landlord would not be required to apply the security deposit to the current rent.

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