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How do you count the 21 days of returning the security deposit to tenant? is it including Sunday? from mail or receive date?

Orange, CA |

under california law, 21 calendar days of less, landlord must send refund check to tenant. does it including holidays and Sunday? does tenant has to receive the check in 21 days or landlord just needs to send it out within 21 days? thanks!


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Civil Code 1950.5(g)(1) allows you to mail the refund and the itemized list of deductions on the 21st day.

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The statute doesn't specify calendar days or business days, so you should assume calendar days, including holidays and weekends, and for the most protection, have the refund postmarked on or before the 21st day.

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