Clarksville, TN asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Can a landlord not refund the sec. dep. if you haven’t signed a contract & they never told you that it’s not refundable?

No contract has been signed. The agency/property managers did not disclose that the security deposit would be non-refundable prior to paying the security deposit. As soon as the payment was made they stated it was not refundable.

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Landlords refuse return of security deposits all the time. You usually have to sue in General Sessions if you really want it back. The oral statements are pretty much irrelevant as the monies are supposed to be for a security against leasehold damages.

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