Tenant Security Deposit Law Chart
All 50 States and DC - Part 2

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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

 *The full security deposit law guide and state statute links (Parts 1-3) with statutes, charges against deposit and publication notes available to paid members of Landlord.com/MyRentalDesk.com

Click underlined words for more information or how to comply with specific requirement.

STATE & STATUTE

INTEREST PAID TO TENANT?

DEPOSIT KEPT IN SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT?

PUBLI-CATION?

Alabama

AL. Code *Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Alaska

AK Code *Available to members only

No

Yes, see statute, bank or S&L, may be commingled with other deposits

*Available to members only

Arizona

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Arkansas

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

California

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Colorado

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Connecticut

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes, see statute for type

*Available to members only

Delaware

*Available to members only

No.

Yes

*Available to members only

District of Columbia

Yes

Yes, escrow account

*Available to members only

Florida

*Available to members only

Sometimes, see statute

Yes, see statute for procedure

*Available to members only

Georgia

*Available to members only

No

Yes, or landlord must obtain surety bond

*Available to members only

Hawaii

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Idaho

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Illinois

*Available to members only

Yes, if 25 or more units

No

*Available to members only

Indiana

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Iowa

*Available to members only

After five years

Yes, separate from landlord funds

*Available to members only

Kansas

*Available to members only

No

Yes, separate from landlord funds

*Available to members only

Kentucky

*Available to members only

No

Yes, separate from landlord funds

*Available to members only

Louisiana

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Maine

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

No

Yes, without commingling

*Available to members only

Maryland

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes, in a federally insured financial institution

*Available to members only

Massachusetts

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes, without commingling

*Available to members only

Michigan

*Available to members only

 

Yes, sequestered, but not if surety bond posted by LL

*Available to members only

Minnesota

*Available to members only

Yes

No

*Available to members only

Mississippi

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Missouri

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Montana

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Nebraska

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Nevada

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

New Hampshire *Available to members only

Yes, if deposit held for 12 months or more

Yes, unless bond posted with town clerk

*Available to members only

New Jersey

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes, see chart

*Available to members only

New Mexico

New Mexico Statutes *Available to members only

Yes, if more than one month

No

*Available to members only

New York

 

*Available to members only Rent & Eviction Regs *Available to members only

Yes, if 6 or more units or if money placed in an interest bearing account and the property contains fewer than 6 units

No commingling, interest bearing account required if 6 or more units

*Available to members only

North Carolina

*Available to members only

No.

Yes, no commingling.  See statute.

*Available to members only

North Dakota

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes, federally insured, interest bearing

*Available to members only

Ohio

*Available to members only

5%/annum if tenant in possession 6 months

No

*Available to members only

Oklahoma

*Available to members only

No, see statute

Yes, escrow

*Available to members only

Oregon

*Available to members only

 

 

*Available to members only

Pennsyl-vania

*Available to members only

Yes, if held more than 2 years, see statute

Yes, escrow, see statute

*Available to members only

Rhode Island

No

No

*Available to members only

South Carolina

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

South Dakota

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Tennessee

*Available to members only

No

Yes

*Available to members only

Texas

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Utah

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Vermont

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Virginia

*Available to members only

Yes, if tenancy more than 13 months

No

*Available to members only

Washington

*Available to members only

No

Yes

*Available to members only

West Virginia

No

No

*Available to members only

Wisconsin

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

Wyoming

*Available to members only

No

No

*Available to members only

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