The laws of Georgia allows the landlords to make deductions on the security deposit only to cover unpaid rental costs, repair costs on excessive damages beyond regular wear and tear and extensive costs of cleaning the property if it is not as clean as it was when the tenant moved in. The landlord must send a list of damages and expenses along with receipts and proof to the tenant's provided address within 30 days after the tenant leaves the premise.
Examples of substantial damages where the tenant is liable includes damages like broken doors, big holes in the walls, broken taps, and damages furniture. Any other deductions on the security deposit besides regular wear and tear is against the state laws of Georgia.
If you feel that the landlord is withholding part or whole of your security deposit over unnecessary damages, then there are several options that you can take to get your withheld deposit. The best way, however, is to write a simple but professional letter that clearly shows the landlord that you understand the landlord-tenant laws of Georgia and express your concerns over their unlawful deductions. Your letter should acknowledge receiving the itemized list sent by the landlord, indicate the unnecessary deductions charged on your security deposit and why you disagree with the charges. It is always best to put your communication in writing for future reference and also as proof if the matter ends up in court.
This Damages Claim Dispute Letter clearly highlights the landlord-tenant laws of Georgia and warns the landlord for failing to observe the law by repaying the rightful amount of security deposit. A simple and professional letter like this is usually all it takes the landlord to get back the owed amount. To be sure the letter is delivered to the landlord, make sure to send it via certified mail and also save your own copy.