Non-Refundable Cleaning Deposits
Some landlords require a deposit from all tenants for routine cleaning after the tenant moves out including things like carpets and drapes. This kind of deposit is not a security deposit and is not refundable.
Limits on Amount of a Security Deposit
A security deposit cannot be more than 1 1/2 times the monthly rent. For example, if the monthly rent is $1,000, the security deposit cannot be more than $1,500.
Return of the Security Deposit
There are specific steps both the landlord and the tenant must take when the tenant moves out of the property. These steps must be followed for the landlord to keep all or part of the security deposit and for the tenant to get back all or part of the security deposit. The steps begin when the tenant moves in.
When Moving In
Within 14 days of the tenant moving in, the landlord must give the tenant a notice with the landlord’s name and address and the address of the bank where the security deposit has been placed. This notice must also tell the tenant that within 4 days of moving out the tenant must give the landlord a forwarding address.
When Moving Out
Within 4 days of moving out, the tenant must give the landlord their forwarding address in writing.
List of Damages
Within 30 days after the tenant moves out, the landlord must send the tenant a list of claimed damages, including an estimated cost of repairs for each item and the difference between the security deposit and the cost of repairs.
Response to the List of Damages
Within 7 days of receiving the list of damages, the tenant must respond to the landlord in writing stating whether they agree or disagree with the claimed damages. If the tenant does not respond with 7 days, it means they agree with the damages. If the tenant disagrees, the landlord must file with the court within 45 of the tenant moving out to ask to keep all or part of the security deposit. 5.
After 45 Days
If the landlord has not returned the security deposit or filed a case with the court asking to keep it within 45 days after the tenant moves out, the tenant can file a case with the court and ask for double the amount of the security deposit.
For Informational Purposes Only: This summary is provided for basic informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. For legal advice about your situation, you must talk to a lawyer.
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