Tenant Security Deposit Law Chart
All 50 States and DC - Part 3

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PART 3 – Partial summary (Free)

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)

  • 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 combined on one chart) available to paid members of Landlord.com/MyRentalDesk.com

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

 

STATE & STATUTE

CHARGES LANDLORDS CAN MAKE AGAINST DEPOSIT

WALK- THROUGH INSPECTION REQUIRED?

WRITTEN ACCOUNT-ING OF CHARGES TO DEPOSIT?

NUMBER OF DAYS TO REFUND OR ACCOUNTING DEADLINE

PUBLI-CATION?

Alabama

AL. Code *Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

35 days after termination of tenancy and delivery of possession

*Available to members only

Alaska

AK Code *Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

14 or 30 days depending on termination notice

*Available to members only

Arizona

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

14 business days

*Available to members only

Arkansas

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

California

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

21 days

*Available to members only

Colorado

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

One month or up to 60 days per lease

*Available to members only

Connecticut

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

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

*Available to members only

Delaware

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No.

Yes.

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.

*Available to members only

District of Columbia

*Available to members only

No

Yes

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

*Available to members only

Florida

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

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

*Available to members only

Georgia

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

One month

*Available to members only

Hawaii

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

14 days

*Available to members only

Idaho

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

no

Yes

21 days, or up to 30 if lease so provides

*Available to members only

Illinois

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

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

*Available to members only

Indiana

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

45 days

*Available to members only

Iowa

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Kansas

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Kentucky

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes, at beginning and end of tenancy

Yes

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

*Available to members only

Louisiana

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

No

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

*Available to members only

Maine

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

*Available to members only

No

Yes

Written lease 30 days, tenancy at will 21 days

*Available to members only

Maryland

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

45 days unless cause for longer time

*Available to members only

Massa-chusetts

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Michigan

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes, inv. checklists

Yes

30 days.  Read statute for rules.

*Available to members only

Minnesota

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

Three weeks

*Available to members only

Mississippi

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

45 days

*Available to members only

Missouri

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Montana

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

10 to 30 days

*Available to members only

Nebraska

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

14 days after Tenant demands and provides mailing address

*Available to members only

Nevada

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

New Hampshire

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

New Jersey

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

New Mexico

New Mexico Statutes *Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

New York

 

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

*Available to members only

See local borough or county rent office

See local borough or county rent office

See local borough or county rent office

*Available to members only

North Carolina

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

No

30 to 60 days, see statute.

*Available to members only

North Dakota

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Ohio

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Oklahoma

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Oregon

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

yes

31 days

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Rhode Island

*Available to members only

No

Yes

20 days

*Available to members only

South Carolina

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

yes

30 days

*Available to members only

South Dakota

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

Two weeks, see statute

*Available to members only

Tennessee

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

Ten days, see statute

*Available to members only

Texas

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Utah

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

30 days

*Available to members only

Vermont

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

14 days

*Available to members only

Virginia

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

yes

Yes

45 days, see statute

*Available to members only

Washington

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

14 days

*Available to members only

West Virginia

*Available to members only

No

No

None

*Available to members only

Wisconsin

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

Yes

Yes

21 days

*Available to members only

Wyoming

*Available to members only

*Available to members only

No

Yes

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

*Available to members only

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