Illegal Things Landlords Do and What You Can Do About It

Renting a new apartment can be an exciting experience. However, it can also become incredibly stressful — especially when there’s landlord drama involved. Whether you like it, one of your landlord’s goals is to make money. Unfortunately, in some cases, that means he or she might engage in illegal activities. If your landlord has been making your life miserable, depending on the behavior in question, you might be able to fight back and get some peace of mind.

Here are eight illegal things landlords do and what you can do about it.

1. Your landlord withholds your security deposit for no good reason

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You should get your deposit back unless there’s a problem. | SIphotography/iStock/Getty Images

Some shady landlords will put up a fight when it comes time to hand over your security deposit. As soon as you ask for your money back, they’ll suddenly disappear or claim you’re not entitled to receive your money back. If the apartment is returned in good shape once you decide to leave and there haven’t been any major issues between you and your landlord, in most cases your security deposit should be returned.

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