CLRP

Security Deposits

A security deposit is any advance rental payment other than an advance for the first month’s rent or a deposit for a key or any special equipment. A security deposit remains the tenant’s property but the landlord holds a security interest in it. Security deposits must be kept in an escrow account in a Connecticut Bank.

Landlords can’t require more than two months rent as a security deposit. This limit is reduced to one month’s rent if a tenant is 62 years of age or older.

Landlords must return security deposits with interest or give tenants written notice of damages being claimed within thirty days of when tenants move. The only exception is if a tenant fails to provide a written forwarding address: landlords then need not return security deposits or provide a notice of damages until fifteen days after receipt of a forwarding address in writing.