Security Deposit Withholding
If you withhold funds from a security deposit, you must indicate why and if necessary itemize. This letter is one way to do it. You will need to customize it to suit.
Very important: Read and follow the entire security deposit law before withholding, especially:
- Sign any withholding statement “under the pains and penalties of perjury”;
- Provide receipts and evidence for the withholding;
- Don’t withhold for anything that was damaged at move-in; if you didn’t issue a signed conditions statement at the start of the tenancy, you cannot withhold; and
- Do not withhold for rent or water that was validly withheld by the renter (make sure you were in full compliance with code).