Chart: Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
State deadlines for itemizing and returning tenants' security deposits.
Here's the amount of time landlords have to return a tenant's security deposit after the tenant leaves. For details on your state's specific procedures for returning security deposits, see your state's security deposit laws.
For a guide on your rights to your security deposit, check out Nolo's Get Your Security Deposit Back.
|State||Security Deposit Return Timeline|
|Alabama||60 days after termination of tenancy and delivery of possession|
|Alaska||14 days if the tenant gives proper notice to terminate tenancy; 30 days if the tenant does not give proper notice or if landlord has deducted amounts needed to remedy damage caused by tenant's failure to maintain the property
|Colorado||One month, unless lease agreement specifies longer period of time (which may be no more than 60 days); 72 hours (not counting weekends or holidays) if a hazardous condition involving gas equipment requires tenant to vacate|
|Connecticut||30 days, or within 15 days of receiving tenant's forwarding address, whichever is later|
|District of Columbia||45 days|
|Florida||15 to 60 days depending on whether tenant disputes deductions|
|Idaho||21 days, or up to 30 days if landlord and tenant agree|
|Illinois||For properties with five or more units, 30 to 45 days, depending on whether tenant disputes deductions or if statement and receipts are furnished|
|Kentucky||30-60 days, depending on whether tenant disputes deductions|
|Maine||30 days (if written rental agreement) or 21 days (if tenancy at will)|
|Minnesota||Three weeks after tenant leaves, and landlord receives mailing address; five days if tenant must leave due to building condemnation|
|Montana||30 days (10 days if no deductions)|
|New Hampshire||30 days; for shared facilities, if the deposit is more than 30 days' rent, landlord must provide written agreement acknowledging receipt and specifying when deposit will be returned -- if no written agreement, 20 days after tenant vacates|
|New Jersey||30 days; five days in case of fire, flood, condemnation, or evacuation; does not apply to owner-occupied building with two or fewer units where tenant fails to provide 30 days' written notice to landlord invoking provisions of act|
|New Mexico||30 days|
|New York||Reasonable time|
|North Carolina||30 days; if landlord's claim against the deposit cannot be finalized within that time, landlord may send an interim accounting and a final accounting within 60 days of the tenancy's termination|
|North Dakota||30 days|
|Rhode Island||20 days|
|South Carolina||30 days|
|South Dakota||Two weeks, and must supply reasons if withholding any portion; 45 days for a written, itemized accounting, if tenant requests it|
|Tennessee||No statutory deadline to return; 10 days to itemize|
|Texas||30 days. Landlord need not refund deposit if lease requires tenant to give written notice of tenant's intention to surrender the premises.
|Vermont||14 days; 60 days if the rental is seasonal and not intended as the tenant's primary residence|
|West Virginia||30 days|
|Wyoming||30 days, when applying it to unpaid rent (or within 15 days of receiving tenant's forwarding address, whichever is later); additional 30 days allowed for deductions due to damage|