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									                              Company Contact:       SureDeposit
                                                     Dan Rudd
                                                     Tel: 973/992-8440
                              Media Contact:         Nina Dietrich, L.L.C.
                                                     Nina Dietrich
                                                     Tel: 201/493-8944



Governor Signs Bill Allowing Landlords to Offer Renters a Choice at Lease Signing: Purchase a
       Security Deposit Alternative Surety Bond or Pay a Traditional Security Deposit

Livingston, NJ, (June 1, 2006) – SureDeposit, the nation’s leading provider of security deposit
alternatives for the multifamily industry, has announced that its innovative risk management and
marketing program will once again be available in Maryland following Governor Robert Ehrlich’s
recent signing of HB 1620. The new law, which was unanimously passed by both the Maryland House
of Delegates and State Senate and becomes effective July 1, 2006, allows landlords to offer their
apartment residents the option of purchasing a surety bond for a security deposit alternative in lieu of
paying all or part of a traditional security deposit. Both options provide for the protection of the
landlord. SureDeposit’s reinstatement in Maryland comes after a three-year-long dispute with
Maryland’s Attorney General over the company’s offering of surety bonds to Maryland apartment

“HB 1620 updates Maryland landlord/tenant law and recognizes that alternatives to security deposits
are a beneficial option for both apartment renters and owners,” said SureDeposit Founder and CEO
Stuart Litwin. “Since 1996, more than a million renters in 40 states have chosen to pay SureDeposit’s
one-time, lower cost surety bond premium at lease signing rather than leaving a larger cash deposit
with a landlord for the length of their tenancy, a move which has helped renters retain more than$300
million of additional cash.

“At the same time, SureDeposit has also helped the multifamily industry save millions in un-recovered
debt resulting from physical damage to a unit or skipped rent, by offering the apartment owner superior
protection against financial losses over a traditional security deposit,” Litwin said.

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According to Tom Beaton, vice president of property management for The Dolben Company, which
has 11 luxury apartment communities in Maryland, traditional security deposit levels at their properties
ranging from $250 to $300 do not adequately protect the company against this kind of financial
exposure. “We already offer SureDeposit at our communities in other markets around the country. Our
ability now to offer SureDeposit in Maryland means we can still compete for residents by allowing
them to move in with less money upfront and without having to sacrifice sound risk management
principles,” said Beaton.

Educating the Marketplace

This bill signing also signals a victory for SureDeposit following its March 2005 settlement with the
Maryland Attorney General, which ultimately prevented the company from continuing to offer the
program statewide.

“From SureDeposit’s inception, we knew we would have to dedicate ourselves to educating the
marketplace about security deposit alternatives. It comes with the territory when you blaze new trails,”
Litwin explained. “As an extension of that commitment, we have worked diligently to help Maryland
lawmakers better understand how the multifamily marketplace has evolved and why the state’s
landlord/tenant laws needed to be updated. The Governor’s bill signing and the unanimous approval of
both Houses in Maryland affirm our efforts. We are thrilled to once again offer our unique program to
the multifamily market in Maryland to address renters’ escalating move-in costs, as well as apartment
owners’ growing bad debt picture.”

According to Litwin, HB 1620 also makes it crystal clear that landlords and tenants who choose the
surety bond alternative are still entitled to all protections afforded to them under current
landlord/tenant law. “For example, requirements related to the inspection of an apartment, disclosure
of tenants’ rights, and the opportunity to dispute claims, are just a few examples of the types of
protection that the new law mandates, that are in the spirit of Maryland’s current security deposit law,
and that have always been core tenets of our business,” he said.

About SureDeposit

SureDeposit’s surety bond guarantees the protection of the property and enhances property owners’
risk management, while dramatically lowering residents’ move-in costs. At lease signing, the resident
chooses between paying the traditional security deposit directly to the property owner or a one-time,
non-refundable bond premium, which costs a fraction of the traditional security deposit, to
SureDeposit. If the resident selects the SureDeposit alternative, the bond covers the lifetime of his
residency. Because the program is available nationally, residents can transfer their coverage to
different communities within an owner’s portfolio or renew their leases without incurring additional
expenses. If any covered damages or lease violations occur, owners file a claim for prompt

With more than one million units in nearly 3,300 communities under agreement, SureDeposit is the
nation’s leading provider of alternatives to traditional security deposits. SureDeposit is headquartered
in Livingston, New Jersey, and has regional offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Rhode
Island and Texas. Visit SureDeposit online at www.suredeposit.com.

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