Landlord Security Deposit Limits Per State Accurate Credit Bureau

Here’s the limit each state sets on the amount of security deposit landlords can charge. “No statutory limit” means that the state does not specify the amount landlords can charge. You can download a free rental lease from Accurate Credit Bureau.

Alabama One month’s rent, except for pet deposits, deposits to cover undoing tenant’s alterations, deposits to cover tenant activities that pose increased liability risks

Alaska Two months’ rent, unless rent exceeds $2,000 per month. Landlord may ask for an additional month’s rent as deposit for a pet that is not a service animal, but may use it only to remedy pet damage.

Arizona One and one-half months’ rent

Arkansas Two months’ rent

California Two months’ rent (unfurnished); three months’ rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month’s rent for waterbed

Colorado No statutory limit

Connecticut Two months’ rent (tenant under 62 years of age); one month’s rent (tenant 62 years of age or older)

Delaware One month’s rent on leases for one year or more; no limit for month-to-month rental agreements (may require additional pet deposit of up to one month’s rent). No limit for rental of furnished units. Tenant may offer to supply a surety bond in lieu of or in conjunction with a deposit, which landlord may elect to receive.

District of Columbia One month’s rent

Florida No statutory limit

Georgia No statutory limit

Hawaii One month’s rent; Landlord may require an additional one month’s rent as security deposit for tenants who keep a pet

Idaho No statutory limit

Illinois No statutory limit

Indiana No statutory limit

Iowa Two months’ rent

Kansas One month’s rent (unfurnished); one and one-half month’s rent (furnished); for pets, add extra one-half month’s rent

Kentucky No statutory limit

Louisiana No statutory limit

Maine Two months’ rent

Maryland Two months’ rent

Massachusetts One month’s rent

Michigan One and one-half months’ rent

Minnesota No statutory limit

Mississippi No statutory limit

Missouri Two months’ rent

Montana No statutory limit

Nebraska One month’s rent (no pets); one and one-quarter months’ rent (pets)

Nevada Three months’ rent; if both landlord and tenant agree, tenant may use a surety bond for all or part of the deposit.

New Hampshire One month’s rent or $100, whichever is greater; no limit when landlord and tenant share facilities

New Jersey One and one-half month’s rent. Any additional security deposit, collected annually, may be no greater than 10% of the current security deposit.

New Mexico One month’s rent (for rental agreement of less than one year); no limit for leases of one year or more

New York No statutory limit (for non-regulated units)

North Carolina One and one-half months’ rent for month-to-month rental agreements; two months’ rent if term is longer than two months; may add an additional “reasonable,” nonrefundable pet deposit.

North Dakota One month’s rent (or if tenant has a pet, not to exceed the greater of $2,500 or amount equal to two months’ rent)

Ohio No statutory limit

Oklahoma No statutory limit

Oregon No statutory limit

Pennsylvania Two months’ rent for first year of renting; one month’s rent during second and subsequent years of renting

Rhode Island One month’s rent

South Carolina No statutory limit

South Dakota One month’s rent (higher deposit may be charged if special conditions pose a danger to maintenance of the premises)

Tennessee No statutory limit

Texas No statutory limit

Utah No statutory limit

Vermont No statutory limit

Virginia Two months’ rent

Washington No statutory limit

West Virginia No statutory limit

Wisconsin No statutory limit

Wyoming No statutory limit

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