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    Default Original Tenant Moved Out, Roomate Stayed

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Maine
    Hi all,
    I have a tenant who moved without giving a 30-day notice. Couple of months before he moved out, he found a roommate. Now, the only person who is on the rental agreement is the original tenant, and he just moved out without giving a 30-day notice, therefore breaking the agreement and loosing the security deposit, and he is fine with that. Since his roommate is not on the agreement, will I be breaking the law if I am to require a new security deposit from the roommate that is staying in the apartment. I also want to sign a rental agreement with this person, since he does not have any.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Original Tenant Moved Out, Roomate Stayed

    You don't automatically "lose" your security deposit by giving insufficient notice. It's possible to give inadequate notice and still be eligible for a full or partial refund. You need to learn your state's landlord-tenant laws.

    If you are negotiating a new rental agreement with the roommate, you are free to charge a security deposit for that new lease.

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