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Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit Against the Landlord
State-by-state tenant guides to security deposit lawsuits in small claims court.
Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In
Record the condition of the property to safeguard your security deposit.
Get Your Security Deposit Back
Don't let your landlord stiff you -- know the law.
Chart: Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
State deadlines for itemizing and returning tenants' security deposits.
Deducting Cleaning and Repairs Costs From a Security Deposit
Landlords are permitted to deduct from security deposits for damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear.
How Your Landlord's Bankruptcy or Property Sale Affects Your Deposit
Here's what happens to your deposit if your landlord goes bankrupt or sells your rental property
How to Negotiate or Mediate a Landlord-Tenant Dispute
Why negotiation and mediation are good ways to resolve landlord-tenant disputes
Sample Demand Letter for Return of Security Deposit
How a demand letter can help get your security deposit back
How to Sue Your Landlord
Get an overview about whether suing your landlord makes sense in your case.
Security Deposit Limits and Uses
State rules on security deposit uses and dollar limits
Chart: Security Deposit Limits, State by State
Learn how much security deposit a landlord can charge in your state.
Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines in Your State
Learn about your state's laws.
Are You Entitled to Interest on Your Deposit?
Not all states require landlords to pay interest on deposits
Last Month's Rent
Don't assume that the deposit will cover the last month's rent unless the landlord agrees.
Landlord-Tenant Statutes, State-by-State
To help you research your state laws, here's a listing of landlord-tenant codes for every state.