Security Deposits

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A security deposit is any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than rent.

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Landlords pay tenants interest on security deposits while the landlord has it.

Landlords and tenants have legal rights and responsibilities. The following information explains the law in a question answer format. It is written from the perspective of Orange County tenancies; those located outside of Orange County might be governed by different laws and requirements.

Within 21 days after the tenant moves out, the landlord must mail or give the tenant a list of items the landlord deducted from the security deposit and return any remaining money from the deposit.