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Can you move into a rental home without paying a security deposit?

Our family is disgusted with our current home. The neighborhood has become ghetto and unsafe. The police are not helping at all and my daughter is 2.  It is not safe for her. Our landlord intrudes on our lives and home. It's a mess! We want/need to move within the next month tops! We will break our lease if need be. We just want out of here. The problem is...we can afford a $1350/month rent fee, but coming up with an additional $1350 for a security deposit is tough. 

Is there some way we can either move into a home without the security deposit or pay the amount in installments? We can definitely do installments, but one lump sum is not possible. We need help. 
  • July 02 2012 - Greater Greenspoint
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Security deposit is a payment required by a landlord from a tenant to cover the expenses of any repairs of damages to the premises greater than normal "wear and tear."

The property condition report at time of move in is evidence of the condition of the property at move out...re refunding security deposit
  • November 17 2012
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It is not likely they will let you move in without a security deposit. However, if you explain the situation and are reasonable you may be able to work out an installment plan; I have seen that done before.

Let me know if you have other questions!
  • November 17 2012
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If you are facing problem there, then you can search for other rent apartments in your budget. You can find many properties on affordable rates at southwest Houston.
  • August 31 2012
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Very unlikely. Put yourself as a landlord of a rental property. Would you rent your property to strangers, without a security deposit? The security deposit is to protect the landlord's property.
  • July 04 2012
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I'm sorry to hear you are in such a difficult living situation situation.   If the landlord is intruding upon your lives, pull up your state's landlord/tenant guide and request (respectfully of course) that the landlord give you the notice as required by laws of your state for entering your residence for non-emergency issues.  

When is your lease up?   Please be aware that breaking a lease has a number of financial obligations.  You are very likely to be responsible for monthly rent payments until the landlord finds a new tenant quite possibly until the end of the lease period.

Wordsmth is absolutely right, it depends on the landlord.  However, it is a rare landlord who will both agree to take a security deposit on a time basis as well as accept a tenant who has just broken a lease.  

I  can tell you want to be out desperately, so put together a plan and do it carefully so it doesn't haunt you for years.

  • July 02 2012
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It all depends on the new landlord. If he/she is willing to accept installment payments, you're fine. Some will. Many won't. The only thing you can do is ask.

Recognize, also, that it won't reflect positively on you when your prospective landlord finds out that you broke your lease. He/she will figure: If he did that with his last landlord, he may do it to me, too. And you can explain all you want, but the facts are the facts. And that means it's less likely that the new landlord will be willing to let you move in without a complete security deposit.

Hope that helps.
  • July 02 2012
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