Chart: Security Deposit Limits, State by State

Learn how much security deposit a landlord can charge in your state.

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Here's the limit each state sets on the amount of security deposit landlords can charge. "No statutory limit" means that the state does not specify the amount landlords can charge. For the specific law in your state, see your state's landlord-tenant statutes, or check out in-depth security deposits limits and deadlines in your state. Also, be sure to check local rent control or rent regulation rules for any deposit limits.

State Limit
Alabama One month's rent, except for pet deposits, deposits to cover undoing tenant's alterations, deposits to cover tenant activities that pose increased liability risks
Alaska Two months' rent, except where rent exceeds $2,000 per month
Arizona One and one-half months' rent
Arkansas Two months' rent
California Two months' rent (unfurnished); three months' rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month's rent for waterbed
Colorado No statutory limit
Connecticut Two months' rent (tenant under 62 years of age); one month's rent (tenant 62 years of age or older)
Delaware One month's rent on leases for one year or more; no limit for month-to-month rental agreements (may require additional pet deposit of up to one month's rent); no limit for rental of furnished units
District of Columbia One month's rent
Florida No statutory limit
Georgia No statutory limit
Hawaii One month's rent
Idaho No statutory limit
Illinois No statutory limit
Indiana No statutory limit
Iowa Two months' rent
Kansas One month's rent (unfurnished); one and one-half month's rent (furnished); for pets, add extra one-half month's rent
Kentucky No statutory limit
Louisiana No statutory limit
Maine Two months' rent
Maryland Two months' rent
Massachusetts One month's rent
Michigan One and one-half months' rent
Minnesota No statutory limit
Mississippi No statutory limit
Missouri Two months' rent
Montana No statutory limit
Nebraska One month's rent (no pets); one and one-quarter months' rent (pets)
Nevada Three months' rent; if both landlord and tenant agree, tenant may use a surety bond for all or part of the deposit.
New Hampshire One month's rent or $100, whichever is greater; no limit when landlord and tenant share facilities
New Jersey One and one-half month's rent. Any additional security deposit, collected annually, may be no greater than 10% of the current security deposit.
New Mexico One month's rent (for rental agreement of less than one year); no limit for leases of one year or more
New York No statutory limit (for non-regulated units)
North Carolina One and one-half months' rent for month-to-month rental agreements; two months' rent if term is longer than two months; reasonable, nonrefundable pet deposit
North Dakota One month's rent (or if tenant has a pet, not to exceed the greater of $2,500 or amount equal to two months' rent)
Ohio No statutory limit
Oklahoma No statutory limit
Oregon No statutory limit
Pennsylvania Two months' rent for first year of renting; one month's rent during second and subsequent years of renting
Rhode Island One month's rent
South Carolina No statutory limit
South Dakota One month's rent (higher deposit may be charged if special conditions pose a danger to maintenance of the premises)
Tennessee No statutory limit
Texas No statutory limit
Utah No statutory limit
Vermont No statutory limit
Virginia Two months' rent
Washington No statutory limit
West Virginia No statutory limit
Wisconsin No statutory limit
Wyoming No statutory limit
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