Your landlord must follow state law when handling your security deposit which means using it only for certain expenses and returning it to you by a specific deadline but not all landlords comply with the law heres what tenants need to know to make sure you get your money back in a timely manner. Take these essential steps to help ensure you get every penny of your security deposit back from your landlord youve known your landlord for months maybe even years so youve likely formed a relationship. Here are the tips ive gathered for how to be a good renter and how to get your deposit back when you move out getting your security deposit back is seldom a problem. If your landlord holds back on your deposit and you dont like their decision consider negotiating with them nolo says if youre unhappy with your landlords deductions you dont get an itemization or the landlord broke state security deposit law in some other way try to work something out. Getting your security deposit back shouldnt be difficult but according to a recent rentcom survey of 1000 renters roughly a quarter have lost their deposit at some time
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