Security deposit is the property of the tenant until the tenant vacates and the landlord makes a claim against the Security deposit. Don't let the landlord get away with your security deposit. The landlord must follow specific rules or the landlord waives its right to make a claim.
The claim against your security deposit must be mailed to you last known address
Make sure you send a letter or e-mail to your landlord before you vacate giving the landlord your fowarding address or it will delay the return of your security deposit.
The claim against your security deposit must be sent within 30 days of vacating
Your landlord must send you a notice of claim against your security deposit within 30 days of your vacating the rental dwelling or the landlord waives its right to make a claim against your security deposit.
The claim against your security deposit must be certified mail
Your landlord must send you a notice of claim against your security deposit by certified mail or the landlord waives it right to make a claim against your security deposit.
Object to the landlord's claim against your security deposit
The landlord's notice of claim against your security deposit must contain the following language: You are hereby notified that you must object in writing to the deduction from your security deposit with 15 days for the time you receive this notice or I will be authorized to deduct my claim from your sercurity depost. Your objection must be sent to [landlord's address" Make sure you object to every item you dispute in writing within 15 days or say goodbye to your security deposit.
Your landlord can not legally remove your security deposit after you object
Once you object to the claim against your security deposit within 15 days the landlord is technically not allowed to remove the amount in dispute and is actually required bring you to Court to make some kind of agreed settlement.
Bring you landlord to court
If your landlord does not follow these steps take him or her to Court. The exception to the rule is if you abandon or vacate before the end of the term of your lease. Get a lawyer because if you win the landlord has to pay your court costs and attorney's fees