[Sample] Demand Letter for Return of Security Deposit

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Learn how to write a demand letter for return of security deposit. Use our sample demand letter for return of security deposit as a template for your demand letter.

demand letter for return of security deposit sample

[Name of Tenant]
[Current Address of Tenant]
[City, State, Zip Code]


[Name of Landlord]
[Address of Landlord]
[City, State, Zip Code]

RE: Return of security deposit

Dear [Name of Landlord]:

I was your tenant at [Address of Apartment] for [three years] and always paid my rent on time. When I had to leave the state for a new job, I gave you the required 30 days’ notice in writing as well as my new address.

Since I had the apartment professionally cleaned, and you agreed in writing that it was in good shape, I expected to get my full security deposit of [$1,500] returned. It has been three months since I moved out and I have not heard from you about my security deposit. 

I know my rights under the [Name of State’s laws] and expect to receive my money within 10 days of the date of this letter by [DATE]. If I don’t receive the money or hear from you about the issue, I will be forced to take the matter to small-claims court and expect to get my deposit as well as any additional damages that are allowed under state law.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at [Phone Number] or at [Email Address]. Please mail my security deposit to the above address.


[Printed Name of Tenant]