State Security Deposit Statutes

Most states set limits on security deposits that landlord’s may require of tenants, and well as specify when and how deposits must be returned. Here are the statutes that govern a landlord’s collection and return of security deposits. Laws in some states may also require landlords to pay interest on deposits, or to disclose to tenants, at or near the time they collect the deposit, specific information about deposits. Cities, especially in communities with rent control, may impose additional security deposit rules.

Read your state statute for the specific rules in your state. The citation is provided here, and you can visit the Library of Congress's legal research site for links to state statutes.

State

State Statute

Alabama

Ala. Code § 35-9A-201

Alaska

Alaska Stat. §§ 34.03.070, 34.03.120

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1321

Arkansas

Ark. Code Ann. §§ 18-16-303 to 18-16-305

California

Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1950.5, 1940.5(g)

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 38-12-102 to 38-12-104

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-21

Delaware

Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, §§ 5514, 5311

District of Columbia

D.C. Code Ann § 42-3502.17; D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 14, §§ 308 to 310

Florida

Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 83.49, 83.43 (12)

Georgia

Ga. Code Ann. §§ 44-7-30 to 44-7-37

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-44

Idaho

Idaho Code § 6-321

Illinois

765 Ill. Comp. Stat. 710/1; 715/1 to 715/3

Indiana

Ind. Code Ann. §§ 32-31-3-9 to 32-31-3-19

Iowa

Iowa Code Ann. § 562A.12

Kansas

Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 58-2550, 58-2548

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 383.580

Louisiana

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 9:3251

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, §§ 6031 to 6038

Maryland

Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] § 8-203, § 8-203.1, § 8-208

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B

Michigan

Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 554.602 to 554.616

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 504B.175, 504B.178, 504B.195

Mississippi

Miss. Code Ann. § 89-8-21

Missouri

Mo. Ann. Stat. § 535.300

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. §§ 70-25-101 to 70-25-206

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1416

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 118A.240 to 118A.250

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 540-A:5 to 540-A:8; 540-B:10

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 46:8-19, 44:8-21.1, 44:8-21.2, 44:8-26

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-18

New York

N.Y. Gen. Oblig. Law §§ 7-103 to 7-108

North Carolina

N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 42-50 to 42-56

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-07.1

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 5321.16

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 115

Oregon

Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.300

Pennsylvania

68 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. §§ 250.511a to 250.512

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-19

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. § 27-40-410

South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 43.32-6.1, § 43-32-24

Tennessee

Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-301

Texas

Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §§ 92.101 to 92.109

Utah

Utah Code Ann. §§ 57-17-1 to 57-17-5

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4461

Virginia

Va. Code Ann. § 55-248.15:1

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 59.18.260 to 59.18.285

West Virginia

W.Va. Code § 37-6A-1 et seq.

Wisconsin

Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 134.04, 134.06; Wis. Stat. § 704.28

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. §§ 1-21-1207, 1-21-1208

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