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 the specific law in your state, see your state's security deposit statutes. Also, be sure to check local rent control or rent regulation rules for any deposit limits.

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

Arizona

14 days; tenant has the right to be present at final inspection.

Arkansas

60 days

California

21 days

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

Delaware

20 days

District of Columbia

45 days

Florida

15 to 60 days depending on whether tenant disputes deductions

Georgia

One month

Hawaii

14 days

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

Indiana

45 days

Iowa

30 days

Kansas

30 days

Kentucky

30-60 days, depending on whether tenant disputes deductions

Louisiana

One month

Maine

30 days (if written rental agreement) or 21 days (if tenancy at will)

Maryland

45 days

Massachusetts

30 days

Michigan

30 days

Minnesota

Three weeks after tenant leaves, and landlord receives mailing address; five days if tenant must leave due to building condemnation

Mississippi

45 days

Missouri

30 days

Montana

30 days (10 days if no deductions)

Nebraska

14 days

Nevada

30 days

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

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

Ohio

30 days

Oklahoma

45 days

Oregon

31 days

Pennsylvania

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

Texas

30 days. Landlord need not refund deposit if lease requires tenant to give written notice of tenant's intention to surrender the premises.

Utah

30 days

Vermont

14 days; 60 days if the rental is seasonal and not intended as the tenant's primary residence

Virginia

45 days. Lease can provide for expedited processing and specify an administrative fee for such processing, which will apply only if tenant requests it with a separate written document. Landlord must give tenant written notice of tenant’s right to be present at a final inspection.

Washington

21 days

West Virginia

60 days from the date the tenancy has terminated, or within 45 days of the occupancy of a subsequent tenant, whichever is shorter. If the damage exceeds the amount of the security deposit and the landlord has to hire a contractor to fix it, the notice period is extended 15 days.

Wisconsin

21 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

Updated: November 2017

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