Washington Security Deposit Demand Letter

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Updated April 13, 2022

A Washington security deposit demand letter is served on landlords who have not delivered a refund or a statement of funds retained to an ex-tenant within the mandatory time limit. State law requires landlords to give their tenants a statement of any deductions for damages or delinquent payments, along with the payment of their security deposit’s balance, within twenty-one (21) days from the date that the rental property was vacated. If the landlord does not fulfill this requirement, they will be liable for the full deposit amount. Furthermore, if the landlord is taken to court, the tenant can be awarded up to two (2) times the initial amount plus legal fees.

Laws – § 59.18.280