Four Tips to Avoid Penalties for ‘Commingling Residents’ Security Deposits

Karen Schwartz Sidrane, Partner

Historical Archives
Disclaimer: The laws in effect at the time these articles were written may have changed so our firm makes no representation of their accuracy today.

Owners must be careful about where they keep the money residents give them as security deposits. A security deposit is not in the same category as a rent check or other type of payment an owner may receive from a resident. Technically. the security deposit belongs to the resident. Although you hold it while the resident lives in your building, it is not your money unless and until the resident moves out leaving unpaid rent or damage to the apartment.

This entry was posted in Historical, Media & Publications. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.