californiaCalifornia Security Request Letter


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The Simple & Professional Return of Tenant Security Deposit Letter

According to the California tenancy laws, you have a right to be reimbursed your security deposit after you move out of a rented property. Provided that the tenant leaves the premise having paid all the rental dues, without damage of the property and clean as it was when moving in, the reimbursement of your security deposit should be done within 21 days after moving out. The security deposit can however be used by the landlord to specifically deduct, unpaid rent, repair for damages on the property or for cleaning the rental unit if it is not as clean as when the tenant moved in.

Landlords in California have 21 days to send you a full payment of the security deposit or an itemized statement that clearly states the amount of deductions from your security deposit and the reasons for deducting them. This should also be accompanied with a refund of any amount that was not deducted from the security deposit along with receipts and proof incurred. If this is not the case, you can sue the landlord in a small claims court where you are also entitled to additional punitive damages. However, to avoid conflict, you can simply send a polite but clear reminder to the landlord asking them to pay you the security deposit. Although you do not officially have to request for the security deposit in California, stepping in with a clear and professional document that legally voices your demands is a wise approach. The HomeTitan "Request For Deposit Return Letter" is meant to remind the landlord of their duty and obligation to reimburse the security deposit as per the agreement while also sending a tactful but firm warning, should they fail to pay. Be sure to keep a clear record by sending the letter through certified mail and always keep a copy for yourself.

Key features of this letter

  • Contains the Explicit & Clear California State Law.
  • Tailored with the right language to get your landlord’s attention.
  • Emphasizes the timeframe in California that your landlord has to return your security deposit.
  • Details the key dates of move out, and the key deposit amounts involved.
  • Details what your landlord must provide if he is withholding due to claimed damages.

Why your landlord
needs the Security Deposit Request letter

  • Many landlords will act slowly in regards to security deposit responsibility to return a tenant's security deposit. A written request usually speeds up this process.
  • In case of escalation a paper trail of your efforts is critical for all parties involved.
  • A landlord with many rental units may have forgotten or confused units, this reminds him politely but with force.
  • Simply indicating that you know your rights in California is often enough to motivate your landlord for a speedy return.
  • Why Hometitan

    Our letters for California renters are tailored to your state, with the right laws to get your landlord’s attention. We’ve taken care of the California Security Request Letter details so there’s no hassle on your part to find the right law and craft an approrpriate letter. Our letters have been used in California and all over America with great success.