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Tenant's Letter of Request for the Return of Security Deposit

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Tenant's Letter of Request for the Return of Security Deposit

This document is used by a tenant to request the return of security deposit or caution from a landlord. The security deposit or caution fee is the sum a tenant pays at the beginning of the tenancy and will not be returned to the tenant if the tenant damages any part of the rented property as it covers the damage and repairs of the property.

Usually, before a tenant rents a property, he/she must pay a security deposit or caution fee along with the rent, maintenance fee/service charge, and other charges. The security deposit is paid on the condition that it will be refunded if at the end or termination of the tenancy, all the obligations of the tenant has been fulfilled.

In order to ensure that the tenant is refunded of the security deposit, he/she must take record of the property before moving in and take precautions while using the property of the landlord to ensure that no damage is caused to the property.

This document details the names and addresses of the tenant and the landlord and the security deposit or caution fee the tenant is requesting. The Tenant's Notice to Terminate Lease/Tenancy is also available for download.

How to use this document

This document is used by a tenant whose tenancy has expired or terminated and has complied with all his/her obligations as a tenant such as keeping the property in good condition during the term of the lease/tenancy.

After filling this form, the tenant must sign this document and deliver it to the landlord. The tenant will thereafter be entitled to a full refund of the security deposit if after inspection, no damage was done to the property. However, if the tenant damaged any part of the property, the landlord may use all or part of the security deposit to repair the damage and give detailed account of how the deposit was disbursed.


Applicable law

The Tenancy Laws of various States in Nigeria is applicable to this document. The Lagos State Tenancy Law, 2011, applies to every part of Lagos State, excluding the following places: Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA, Victoria Island and Apapa. The Recovery of Premises Law applies to these exempted areas.


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