Security Deposit Return Laws: Landlord Deadlines By State

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There are laws on security deposit return, particularly on the amount of time a landlord has to return a tenant’s security deposit after vacating a property. For details on your state’s specific procedures for returning security deposits, see your state’s landlord-tenant statutes.

Source: Nolo.com

10 Responses to “Security Deposit Return Laws: Landlord Deadlines By State”

  1. June 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm, Larry Bacher said:

    If the Deposit check has gone over the 45 day limit in Indiana, what is the penalty

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  2. July 01, 2012 at 1:33 pm, Bob Gray said:

    Specifically read this:

    IC 32-31-3-12
    Return of deposits; deductions; liability.

    This site provides helpful information:
    indianajustice.org/Data/DocumentLibrary/Documents/1055437422.49/0105security%20deposits.pdf

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  3. August 09, 2012 at 7:46 am, Zoom Zoom Classroom said:

    Some state codes also require the landlord to pay interest on the security deposit. Many landlords don’t the interest and usually the tenant is unaware of the codes.

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  4. September 06, 2012 at 12:52 pm, liz black said:

    what if an apartment complex is making false deductions on your security deposit at YOUR expense? Accusing you of damage you did NOT do? What are your options in Illinois?

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  5. October 11, 2012 at 10:16 am, Eric Orsbon said:

    Liz, I am a landlord, and a good property management company would take pictures. I would ask for those pictures, and as quickly as possible dispute the charges in writing. If you completed a move in inspection form when you moved in, were there damages already in the apartment that were noted? If so, they shouldn’t charge you for pre-existing damages. If you have a copy of that, you could use that. Or if you don’t have a copy, but did turn it in at move in, ask the landlord to review it and/or to share it with you.

    Most landlords, at least professionally managed apartment communities, are honest about these things. In the future, you might ask to do the move out inspection with the landlord. And/or take pictures yourself after all your things are out just before you leave, to help document that you left the apartment in a good condition.

    If there is no clear documentation, and it simply becomes a he said / she said situation, you’ll want to check on details of disputes in your state and city. Search online for a local tenant resource center, HUD office, or other groups that might be well versed in local laws.

    Good luck.

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  6. October 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm, Marie said:

    I was charged a $35.00 late fee for 2yrs and 3 months when I was a month in advance on my rent
    what can I do?

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  7. November 03, 2012 at 4:38 pm, Donna Marie Berardi said:

    I’m a tenet ,I share a house with 2 other people,that was until 1 of my HOUSEMATES TRIED 2 KILL ME.MY LANDLORD&LADY CAME 4 DAYS LATER I THOUGHT TO FIND OUT IF I WAS O.K. & FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED,but no they came with the lease .when i signed the lease in Feb.42012 i signed 4 $334.00 a month,March19th they bring there lease & ask me to get my lease & raised my RENT TO $400.00 A MON. WITH OUT NOTICE BECAUSE THE OTHER TENET WAS NOT ALLOWED BACK HERE.I DIDN’T PRESS CHARGES BUT State did. So starting April I paid $400.00 also i April we started getting BUGS ALL KINDS.2 TIMES i had COCKAROACHS ON MY FACE WHILE SLEEPING ,ANOTHER TIME SPIDER TRYING 2 GRT IN MY MOUTH,WE ARE INFESTED WITH ALL KIND OF “BUGS”.I HAVE TOLD LANDLORDS 10-15 TIMES EVEN SHOWED THEM CUP OF BUGS JUST 1 NIGHT ,HE SAID I WAS HALLUISINATING.I HAVE USED & BOUGHT SO MANY BUG REMEDIES & PAID 4 TIME.NOW WE ARE BEING TAKING OVER BY “MICE” & I’M BE EVICITED & NOW THEN TO COURT & SUED CAN SOME ONE ADVISE ME “PLEASE

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  8. January 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm, Unique Washington said:

    Can an apartment complex require you to pay a security deposit even if the paperwork has not been completed and the applicants have not move into the apartment nor received a lease or an apartment assignment. Also criminal background and credit report not finished by apartment managers to approve the move. The apartment complex never sent any notice to applicants,when applicants inquired about refund of deposit,apartment complex manager stated the deposit had already been deposited in their bank and there will be no refund.

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  9. January 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm, Jenny said:

    how about if someone has rented for 28 years. what is the landlord allowed to keep? is there a timeframe in which a landlord can’t keep any of the deposit?

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  10. March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm, Becca said:

    I have a good friend that has been living in his apartment for 20 some years, you are aloud to smoke in the apartments, well he is really sick right now and the owner and landlord think if he dies they can hold all his belongings in storage and charge is only living reletive for 1000.00 dollars for smoke in carpet and for the walls to be painted because of the smoke and the curtans, when he moved in long time ago he payed 100.00 for the depostit! This dosn’t make since to me that they can do this to his sister! Please get back to me and let me know!

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