When to take legal steps against a landlord who has not paid a security deposit back?

It’s been 17 days.

Asked on November 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In most states, including yours, I believe, the landlord has a month to return the deposit, or so much of it as is being returned, plus a statement or accounting of any deductions taken from it; therefore, the landlord has not done anything wrong yet. However, if the landlord does not return the deposit and/or provide the accounting in another two weeks, you could sue the landlord, such as in small claims court, where you could act as your own attorney, for the money.

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