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Landlords have to be careful with Security Deposits

Residential security deposits are governed by complex laws in Massachusetts but it is generally assumed that it is easier for commercial landlords to stay out of trouble in regard to a security deposit held for a non-residential tenant. However in a recent case, the tenant, after waiting 7 months for the return of the security deposit, sued the landlord for return of the security deposit, since the landlord had refused to return $14,000 of it based on tenant damage to the property on move-out. The security deposit was about $16,000. The case was filed in 2014 and after a jury
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