Cornwall, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: Resident for 8 years, my deposit was $999 my landlord is now requesting an additional $941 for security, is that legal?

I moved into my home 8 years ago, at that time my rent was $1495 and my security deposit was $999. My rent has been raised a few times over the years. My rent is currently $1775 and my landlord is raising it to $1940 (it will also included water and heat - new change) and also requesting that I pay an additional $941 towards my security deposit. Can they legally ask for that additional security deposit after I've been here for over 8 years?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, when a lease is renewed, a landlord is entitled to ask for an increase in the security deposit being held. The landlord is permitted to hold a maximum of one month's rent for security.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.