State Security Deposit Statutes

Here are the statutes that govern a landlord’s collection and return of security deposits.

By , Attorney · UC Berkeley School of Law

Most states limit the amount of the security deposit that landlords can charge, and 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 might 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, might 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 Security Deposit Laws

Alabama

Statute(s): Ala. Code § 35-9A-201

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Alaska

Statute(s): Alaska Stat. § 34.03.070

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Arizona

Statute(s): Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 33-1321

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Arkansas

Statute(s): Ark. Code §§ 18-16-301 to 18-16-305

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California

Statute(s): Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1940.5(g), 1950.5

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Colorado

Statute(s): Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 35-80-102; 38-12-102 to 38-12-106

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Connecticut

Statute(s): Conn. Gen. Stat. § 47a-21

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Delaware

Statute(s): Del. Code tit. 25, §§ 5311, 5514

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District of Columbia

Statute(s): D.C. Code § 42-3502.17; D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 14, §§ 308 to 311

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Florida

Statute(s): Fla. Stat. §§ 83.43(13), 83.49, 83.491

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Georgia

Statute(s): Ga. Code §§ 44-7-30 to 44-7-37

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Hawaii

Statute(s): Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-44

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Idaho

Statute(s): Idaho Code § 6-321

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Illinois

Statute(s): 420 Ill. Comp. Stat. 46/20; 765 Ill. Comp. Stat. 710/1; 715/1 to 715/3

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Indiana

Statute(s): Ind. Code §§ 32-31-3-1.1 to 32-31-3-19

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Iowa

Statute(s): Iowa Code § 562A.12

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Kansas

Statute(s): Kan. Stat. §§ 58-2548, 58-2550

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Kentucky

Statute(s): Ky. Rev. Stat. § 383.580

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Louisiana

Statute(s): La. Rev. Stat. § 9:3251

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Maine

Statute(s): Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 14, §§ 6022, 6031 to 6038

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Maryland

Statute(s): Md. Code Real Prop., §§ 8-203, 8-203.1, 8-208

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Massachusetts

Statute(s): Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 186, § 15B

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Michigan

Statute(s): Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 554.602 to 554.616

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Minnesota

Statute(s): Minn. Stat. §§ 504B.151, 504B.175, 504B.178, 504B.182, 504B.195

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Mississippi

Statute(s): Miss. Code § 89-8-21

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Missouri

Statute(s): Mo. Stat. § 535.300

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Montana

Statute(s): Mont. Code §§ 70-25-101 to 70-25-206

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Nebraska

Statute(s): Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1416

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Nevada

Statute(s): Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 118A.240 to 118A.250

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New Hampshire

Statute(s): N.H. Rev. Stat. §§ 540-A:5 to 540-A:8; 540-B:10

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New Jersey

Statute(s): N.J. Stat. §§ 46:8-19 to 46:8-26

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New Mexico

Statute(s): N.M. Stat. § 47-8-18

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New York

Statute(s): N.Y. Gen. Oblig. Law §§ 7-103 to 7-108

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North Carolina

Statute(s): N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 42-50 to 42-56

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North Dakota

Statute(s): N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-07.1

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Ohio

Statute(s): Ohio Rev. Code § 5321.16

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Oklahoma

Statute(s): Okla. Stat. tit. 41, § 115

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Oregon

Statute(s): Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.300

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Pennsylvania

Statute(s): 68 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 250.511a to 250.512

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Rhode Island

Statute(s): R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-19

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South Carolina

Statute(s): S.C. Code § 27-40-410

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South Dakota

Statute(s): S.D. Codified Laws §§ 43.32-6.1, 43-32-24

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Tennessee

Statute(s): Tenn. Code § 66-28-301

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Texas

Statute(s): Tex. Prop. Code §§ 92.101 to 92.111

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Utah

Statute(s): Utah Code §§ 57-17-1 to 57-17-5

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Vermont

Statute(s): Vt. Stat. tit. 9, § 4461

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Virginia

Statute(s): Va. Code §§ 55.1-1204, 55.1-1206, 55.1-1208, 55.1-1226, 55.1-1234.1

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Washington

Statute(s): Wash. Rev. Code §§ 59.18.260 to 59.18.285; 59.18.610; 59.18.670

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West Virginia

Statute(s): W. Va. Code §§ 37-6A-1 to 37-6A-6

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Wisconsin

Statute(s): Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 134.04, 134.06; Wis. Stat. § 704.28

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Wyoming

Statute(s): Wyo. Stat. §§ 1-21-1207, 1-21-1208

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