Can your Landlord ask for a deposit months after you’ve moved in?

I moved into a property 9 months ago and the Landlord did not ask for a deposit (lucky me). Now it’s been 9 months, can the Landlord randomly ask for deposit whenever he feels like it?

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  • 1 month ago

    Of course he can. Whether or not you're legally obligated to pay it would depend upon circumstances you failed to disclose (duration and deposit terms of written lease, deposit terms in a month-to-month tenancy agreement (written or oral), applicable state laws, among other things).

  • 1 month ago

    This in part depends on if you have a lease, which failed to state.

    If you signed a lease that does not include a deposit then it is illegal to add one until the lease expires. 

    If you do not have a lease then any terms (includng deposit) can be changed at any time with proper notice in acordance with your state laws. 

  • 1 month ago

    When you move into a house or apartment, the landlord is allowed to ask you for a security deposit. The security deposit cannot be more than your first months rent. ... When you move in, the landlord can also ask you to pay first months rent, last months rent, and the cost of a new lock and key.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  If you haven't paid one, figure at some point, he will get around to asking for one.  If you wanted to save yourself from the surprise of "how much", ask about it at the very beginning.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Only if a deposit is specified in your lease.  But if you're month to month, yes  he can.

  • 1 month ago

    He can ask for anything he wants. If you have a written lease that does not mention security deposit, you can refuse.  If there is no written agreement, you are renting month-to-month and the request constitutes a change to the agreement. As long as you are given the state-required advance notice, you must pay the deposit or notify the landlord that you do not accept the new terms and that you will be vacating by the last day of the notice period.

    Let's say you are in a 30 day state where the rental agreement began on the first day of the month you began renting.  The landlord tells you tomorrow, or any time up through January 31st, that you must pay a security deposit. You refuse. You must vacate by the end of February.  If you want to stay, you must pay the security deposit before March 1st.

  • 1 month ago

    Does the lease you signed specify that a deposit is to be paid?  Then yes.  Do you not have a lease?  Then yes (with notice).

  • R P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He can when it's time to renew your lease.

    Or, if your lease does include a security deposit amount that you have not yey paid, he can insist on collecting it.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If your contract states you need to pay a security deposit then yes you owe that deposit.... if you do not have a written contract, but a verbal month to month contract, your landlord can give you one months notice that you need to pay a deposit, if you don't then the landlord can give you a months notice to leave

  • 1 month ago

    Does your lease say to pay a deposit?  If not, then he cant demand it.

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