Returning Security Deposits

Preparing an Itemized Statement of Deductions for repairs and cleaning:

  • List the item and the dollar amount for each deduction and attach receipts.
  • Make your receipts very detailed.
  • For example, carpet cleaning, $160, for stains on living room carpet.
  • Put repair person’s info.
  • You still must itemize the deduction  even if you have a judgment against the tenant larger than the deposit.

Mailing the security deposit info: 

  • You should mail the security deposit itemization list to the tenant’s last known address or forwarding address, along with a check for any balance you owe.  This should be mailed within three weeks of the tenant’s departure.