COVID protections, Section 8, eviction, HUD, discrimination
There are a few reasons a landlord may keep all or some of your deposit. Here are some of the main reasons:
Your landlord must return your deposit within 21 days or give you an itemized written statement explaining why, along with any money left over. If the amount being kept is more than $125 the landlord must include copies of bills, receipts, and invoices.
Dates covered by rental assistance may cover April 2020 to March 2022. Any debts from April 1, 2022, or later will not be covered.
If you do not file an answer, the landlord will win the case and you will suffer all the negative consequences of having a judgment of eviction on your record. Also, it is possible that your landlord may not dismiss the case even if you paid the rent and leave the unit clean.