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How much deposit can the landlord charge?

According to article 7:261b of the Civil Code, the lease agreement may stipulate that the tenant owes a deposit. This deposit serves as security for the tenant's obligations under the lease. However, the deposit may not exceed twice the rent. This means that if the monthly rent is, for example, €500, the landlord may ask for a maximum of €1000 as a deposit.

It is important to note that the landlord must repay the deposit within fourteen days of the termination of the lease, unless there is damage to the property that is attributable to the tenant or if the tenant still owes rent. In this case, the landlord is in principle entitled to offset these costs against the security deposit. The landlord must inform the tenant of this in writing and provide a full cost breakdown.

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