Posted by DD on December 12, 1999 at 23:45:15:
Thank you for the websites. I checked them out and they are good. In my search I came across an excellent website for California landlords. Here is the location for anyone who is interested:
This site lists what I believe to be all of California’s civil code. In particular there is a section relating to landlord/tenant relations. This section in the civil code is listed as Division 3, Part 4, Title 5, Chapter 2, 1940 - 1954.1.
The answer appears to be that it doesn’t matter what a landlord calls the deposit (ie. last months rent, security, fees, etc.), it’s considered all the same. What matters is that the amount cannot exceed twice the amount of the rent or three times the rent for furnished units.
This civil code seems to apply only to residential units and does not address commercial units.
If anyone else knows something more than this, especially about commercial units, please let me know.