If every tenant in California wrote to his or her state legislators every time a landlord ripped off a security deposit, maybe the law could be re-written to reflect proactive preventions enacted by many other states.
The banks and owners will all tell you that your security deposit is, poof, gone, up in smoke. Not true.
Banks may not use terms like “vig” or “nut”, but they are foreclosing as zealously as loan sharks. They’re throwing innocent tenants out of their houses in the process. What can you do about it?
Tenants: Never, ever lie for your landlord!
Given the current financial crisis, it’s time to revise Civil Code § 1950.6 to allow tenants to get landlords’ credit reports. The law should require reciprocity.