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State Security Deposit Return Timeline

Alabama - 35 days after termination of tenancy and delivery of possession

Alaska - 14 days if the tenant gives proper notice to terminate tenancy; 30 days if the tenant does not give proper notice

Arizona - 14 days

Arkansas - 60 days

California - 21 days

Colorado - One month, unless lease agreement specifies longer period of time (which may be no more than 60 days); 72 hours (not counting weekends or holidays) if a hazardous condition involving gas equipment requires tenant to vacate

Connecticut - 30 days, or within 15 days of receiving tenant's forwarding address, whichever is later

Delaware - 20 days

District of Columbia - 45 days

Florida - 15 to 60 days depending on whether tenant disputes deductions

Georgia - One month

Hawaii - 14 days

Idaho -21 days, or up to 30 days if landlord and tenant agree

Illinois -For properties with five or more units, 30 to 45 days, depending on whether tenant disputes deductions or if statement and receipts are furnished

Indiana - 45 days

Iowa - 30 days

Kansas - 30 days

Kentucky - 30-60 days, depending on whether tenant disputes deductions

Louisiana - One month

Maine - 30 days (if written rental agreement) or 21 days (if tenancy at will)

Maryland - 45 days

Massachusetts - 30 days

Michigan - 30 days

Minnesota -Three weeks after tenant leaves, and landlord receives mailing address; five days if tenant must leave due to building condemnation

Mississippi - 45 days

Missouri - 30 days

Montana - 30 days (10 days if no deductions)

Nebraska -14 days

Nevada - 30 days

New Hampshire -30 days; for shared facilities, if the deposit is more than 30 days' rent, landlord must provide written agreement acknowledging receipt and specifying when deposit will be returned -- if no written agreement, 20 days after tenant vacates.

New Jersey -30 days; five days in case of fire, flood, condemnation, or evacuation; does not apply to owner-occupied building with two or fewer units where tenant fails to provide 30 days' written notice to landlord invoking provisions of act

New Mexico - 30 days

New York -Reasonable time

North Carolina - 30 days; if landlord's claim against the deposit cannot be finalized within that time, landlord may send an interim accounting and a final accounting within 60 days of the tenancy's termination

North Dakota - 30 days

Ohio - 30 days

Oklahoma - 30 days

Oregon - 31 days

Pennsylvania - 30 days

Rhode Island - 20 days

South Carolina - 30 days

South Dakota - Two weeks, and must supply reasons if withholding any portion; 45 days for a written, itemized accounting, if tenant requests it

Tennessee No statutory deadline to return; 10 days to itemize

Texas - 30 days

Utah - 30 days, or within 15 days of receiving tenant's forwarding address, whichever is later, but if there is damage to the premises, 30 days

Vermont - 14 days; 60 days if the rental is seasonal and not intended as the tenant's primary residence

Virginia - 45 days

Washington - 14 days

West Virginia - 30 days

Wisconsin - 21 days

Wyoming - 30 days, when applying it to unpaid rent (or within 15 days of receiving tenant's forwarding address, whichever is later) additional 30 days allowed for deductions due to damage.


A security deposit is the money amounting to one or two months’ rent paid by the tenant to the landlord at the time they sign the lease contract and placed in an escrow account for use in case the tenant causes damage to the premises or fails to pay rent.



You have to be any of the following in order to qualify for a housing grant: 1) single mother; 2) an elderly, 3) a disabled, 4) have a large family with minor children and low income; 5)family with low income; 6) sick and cannot work.