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Security Deposit Return Timelines

Your security deposit return is governed by state laws that define how long your landlord has to return it. Here are some guidelines on how long a landlord typically has to provide you with your security deposit return. Always check your state's laws, because many time-periods have exceptions to these general rules:

14 days : Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington.

20 days : Delaware, Rhode Island.

21 days : California, Idaho, Minnesota.

30 days : Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wyoming.

One month : Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana.

45 days : District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Virginia.

No deadline : Tennessee, West Virginia.

Others : Alabama (35 days), Florida (15 to 60 days - depending on whether the tenant disputes the deductions), New York ("a reasonable time"), Oregon (31 days).

If you believe your security deposit return is overdue, inform your landlord in writing before taking it to court.

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