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District of Columbia Security Deposit Laws

D.C. Security Deposit Limit

Except for rent-stabilized units, a security deposit may not exceed the amount of one months rent. The lease or a receipt must state the terms and conditions under which the security deposit was collected.

Deadline for Returning Security Deposit

After the tenant vacates, the deposit must be returned within 45 days along with an itemized statement of any deductions that were made.

Security Deposit Interest

Interest (at the prevailing savings account rate) must be paid when tenancy ends.