California Security Deposit Laws

California Security Deposit Limit

A landlord may charge a renter the equivalent of two months’ rent for the security deposit if the residence is unfurnished, and three months’ rent if the residence is furnished. California landlords can also add an extra one-half month’s rent if the tenant has a waterbed. Nonrefundable fees are not permitted.

Deadline for Returning Security Deposit

A landlord must return the security deposit, with an itemized statement of deductions, within 21 days after the tenant has vacated.

Advance notice must be given to the tenant before taking any deductions out of the security deposit, such as for the cost of repairs for damage to the property.