Voluntary Waste

Definition - What does Voluntary Waste mean?

Voluntary waste is when a party, typically a tenant, destroys or causes damage to a property. In the context of the law, landlords often sue their tenants for damages if a tenant has caused a significant amount of voluntary waste to a property. The depleting of natural resources on a property can also qualify as voluntary waste.

Justipedia explains Voluntary Waste

Often, landlords require tenants to give a security deposit before they can occupy the property. Security deposits are designed to reimburse the landlord for any voluntary waste that may occur. However, voluntary waste often is more than the amount of the security deposit. If it is significantly more, this can often result in a lawsuit. An example of voluntary damage would be a tenant intentionally smashing a hole through a wall in an apartment.

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