After a lease ends and the tenant moves out, it's guaranteed that there will be some amount of work that will need to be done to get the property ready to rent again.
This can range anywhere from just a good cleaning to a full scale rehab project. If it's the latter, this can take weeks to complete and cost thousands of dollars.
Many landlords are left wondering how much of the security deposit they can use to help cover the costs of getting the property prepped and presentable for a new tenant.
The hard part is determining what damage is considered tenant responsibility and what is normal wear and tear, and how much you can charge for each given item.
Also, how long do you have to complete repairs and return the unused portion of the deposit to the tenant?
Some landlords view the security deposit as a bonus that they get for renting out their property that they will keep no matter what. This is not only unethical, but can have some serious legal ramifications as well.
All of this is covered under California Civil Code Section 1950.5 but we'll go ahead and break it all down for you here.