Often landlords forget that there is a deadline to return a security deposit after a tenant has moved out. Here are the deadlines required by state.
Different states have different policies regarding deadlines for returning security deposits. Know the law in your state.
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).