A security deposit is like an insurance policy for a landlord. The landlord holds it to cover the cost of any unpaid rent, or to repair any damage to your rental home beyond normal wear and tear. If you have paid all the rent and bills and the home is not damaged, your landlord must return the security deposit when you move out.
Getting your security deposit back can be a quick and easy process, or it can be a challenge. Following certain steps, such as filling out the move-in checklist, and giving the landlord a forwarding address when you move out, will make getting it back easier.
The information in this toolkit explains the process of getting your security deposit back from a landlord. For an overview and general legal information about security deposits, read the Articles on this page. Refer to the Common Questions if you have a specific question. If you need to draft a form, use the Court Forms links to find forms related to security deposits.