Landlords steal hundreds of millions of dollars in security deposits from tenants every year, aided and abetted by our so-called representatives who will not cross their real estate industry/landlord masters.
Read the lease as broadly as possible to see if any language applied to removing the furniture could be used to evict you for breach of contract.
If landlords know they can lie to their tenants and the court about retaining a security deposit and only get a slap on the wrist, why wouldn’t they lie?
California state law governs the collection and return of security deposits. It applies to all California tenancies from Weed to Chula Vista, even San Jose.
Sweet Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Tenants: Never, ever rent a room from an absentee master tenant!
The landlord’s rationale to steal your pot rack has been employed by the rich and powerful and two-year-olds for eons–I want it, so now it’s mine and here’s a rule I just made up to justify my keeping it.
Normal wear and tear to carpets, drapes and other furnishings cannot be charged against a tenant’s security deposit. (Civil Code Section 1950.5(e).)