Can I get my security deposit back?
Your landlord is not required to return your deposit before you leave the property.
If the landlord does not think that you owe any money or caused damages, they must return your deposit within 30 days of your departure.
If there is rent due, damage, or other problem, the landlord may hold your security deposit and make a claim. Within 30 days after you leave the property, the landlord must send the claim by certified mail to your last known address.
Take pictures before you leave to show no damage.
If the landlord does not return your deposit, you will need to take legal action to get it back. This usually happens in small claims court. You can do this on your own. For information, see the Mediation and Small Claims Link in the resources listed below.
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