Written by attorney David Thomas Nazzaro

California Security Deposit

This guide is a summary of California landlord-tenant laws that cover the use and return of security deposits.

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California Courts site can be viewed at For California laws on security deposits -- the relevant statute(s) can be found at California Civil Code § § 1950.5 and 1940.5(g). Your city or county might have different landlord-tenant and security deposit laws than those at the state level in California, especially if your rental property is covered by rent control. For tips on looking up California state and local laws, check out Nolo Press' "State Laws & Legal Research." For other useful information on security deposits in California, see

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