Tenant Security Deposit Law Chart
All 50 States and DC - Part 1

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This is the most comprehensive summary security deposit law guide available on the Internet for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (3 parts).  It has been meticulously double checked and includes links to each state’s statute and an authoritative publication, not a blog or newspaper column filler.  Resources include: 

  • Live link to the security deposit statute of each state (paid members only)

  • Security deposit maximum specified in each state’s law

  • Each state’s deadline for refund or accounting of deposits at the end of tenancy

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STATE & STATUTE (INCLUDES LINK TO STATE SPECIFIC GOVERNMENT STATUTE)*

MAXIMUM SECURITY DEPOSIT AMOUNT

LANDLORD MAY REQUIRE TENANT TO PAY

NUMBER OF DAYS (AFTER TENANT VACATES) LANDLORD HAS TO REFUND OR ACCOUNT FOR SECURITY DEPOSIT

Alabama

AL. Code Status Link
*Available to members only

1 month rent, plus reasonable amount for pets, changes to premises, increased liability risk

35 days after termination of tenancy and delivery of possession

Alaska

AK Code *Available to members only

Two months rent, but no limit if rent more than $2000

14 or 30 days depending on termination notice

Arizona

*Available to members only

One and one-half month, but tenant may pay more voluntarily

14 business days

Arkansas

*Available to members only

Two months

30 days

California

*Available to members only

Two months unfurnished, three months furnished

21 days

Colorado

*Available to members only

None

One month or up to 60 days per lease

Connecticut

*Available to members only

Two month if Tenant under 62, one month if 62 or over

30 days or 15 days after written notice of forwarding addr., whichever is later

Delaware

*Available to members only

No limit but amount over 1 month rent must be refunded after first year of tenancy.  Plus one month for pets or additional unspecified for furnished unit.

20 days if no deductions, or 20 days with written accounting and refund of balance if there are.  Tenant must object in writing within 10 days.

District of Columbia

 

45 days to refund or notify of withholding, 30 days after notification of withholding

Florida

*Available to members only

None

15 days if no charge against deposit, 30 days if there is.  Tenant may object.

Georgia

*Available to members only

None

One month

Hawaii

*Available to members only

One month rent

14 days

Idaho

*Available to members only

None

21 days, or up to 30 if lease so provides

Illinois

*Available to members only

None

45 days of moveout if no deductions, written accounting and partial refund in 30 days if deductions

Indiana

*Available to members only

None

45 days

Iowa

*Available to members only

Two months’ rent

30 days

Kansas

*Available to members only

Two months’ rent

30 days

Kentucky

*Available to members only

None

30 days, and if tenant does not claim refund or dispute accounting landlord may retain whole deposit

Louisiana

*Available to members only

None

One month, but only if tenant does not wrongfully abandon premises

Maine

*Available to members onlyDoes not apply to owner occupied buildings less than 5 units

Two months

Written lease 30 days, tenancy at will 21 days

Maryland

*Available to members only

Two months

45 days unless cause for longer time

Massachusetts

*Available to members only

One month

30 days

Michigan

*Available to members only

One and one-half months

30 days.  Read statute for rules.

Minnesota

*Available to members only

None

Three weeks

Mississippi

*Available to members only

None

45 days

Missouri

*Available to members only

Two months’ rent

30 days

Montana

*Available to members only

None

10 to 30 days

Nebraska

*Available to members only

One month’s rent plus ¼ month pet

14 days after Tenant demands and provides mailing address

Nevada

*Available to members only

3 months’ rent including last month rent deposit

30 days

New Hampshire
*Available to members only

One month’s rent if landlord owns more than six units, but no limit if landlord owns six units or fewer

30 days

New Jersey

*Available to members only

If owns 10 or m

30 days

New Mexico

New Mexico Statutes *Available to members only

Reasonable, if more than one month, interest to be paid, if lease for less than one year, only one month rent

30 days

New York

 

*Available to members onlyRent & Eviction *Available to members only

One month’s rent, two months if unit initially rented with two month deposit

See local borough or county rent office

North Carolina

*Available to members only

Week to week, two weeks.  Month to month, 1½ month.  More than one month, two months.  Plus nonrefundable reasonable pet fee.

30 to 60 days, see statute.

North Dakota

*Available to members only

One month’s rent plus pet deposit up to $1500

30 days

Ohio

*Available to members only

None

30 days

Oklahoma

*Available to members only

None

30 days

Oregon

*Available to members only

None

31 days

Pennsylvania

*Available to members only

2 months’ for one year, 1 month’s for more

30 days

Rhode Island

One month’s rent

20 days

South Carolina

*Available to members only

None, see statute

30 days

South Dakota

*Available to members only

One month’s rent except special circumstances, see statute

Two weeks, see statute

Tennessee

*Available to members only

None

Ten days, see statute

Texas

*Available to members only

None

30 days

Utah

*Available to members only

None

30 days

Vermont

*Available to members only

None

14 days

Virginia

*Available to members only

Two months’ rent

45 days, see statute

Washington

*Available to members only

None

14 days

West Virginia

None

None

Wisconsin

*Available to members only

None

21 days

Wyoming

*Available to members only

None

30 days after termination or 15 days after Tenant provides new address.  Utility deposit, 10 to 45 days.

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