is it legal for the landlord to keep the utilities from the tenant when the lease clearly states that the tenant is responsible for them, then sends the tenant a lump sum bill for them, and keeps the security deposit from then when the lease expires?
1 Answer from Attorneys
There are various issues that you have raised in your inquiry. With the limited information provided, the terms of the lease always control any landlord/tenant action. Your lease controls the payment terms and conditions. As for the security deposit, the Landlord Tenant Act sets forth rules that a landlord must follow when a tenant vacates the premises. If these rules were not followed, you may have a claim against your landlord for your security deposit. You should consider seeking the advise of an attorney as to these issues.