California Security Deposit Accounting Statement
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California has specific requirements regarding the accounting for a security deposit when a tenant vacates.
Document Last Modified: 5/9/2023
California Security Deposit Accounting Statement
The state of California has some very specific requirements concerning the use of the security deposit after a tenant has vacated a rental property. This California Security Deposit Accounting Statement itemizes all deposits (security, pet, key, cleaning, other) and all deductions that you intend to make from these deposits, including reasons for the deductions.
You must provide any and all former tenants with the California Security Deposit Accounting Statement within TWENTY-ONE days of termination of the lease or rental agreement if you intend to make any deductions from the tenant’s deposit(s) on the property. This is in accordance with Civil Code Sections 1950.5(b)(1)-(4) of the California Code.
Who: The landlord is required to serve the tenant with this itemized accounting statement within twenty-one days of the date that the tenant vacates the rental property. If the tenant owes a balance beyond their deposit(s), that balance will be disclosed in this document, and it will be due upon receipt of the accounting statement.
What: This document gives a complete account of the security deposit and other deposits after a tenant vacates a rental property and an inspection of the property has been completed. It will itemize all deductions and specify how much of the deposit is left or what balance the tenant still owes after the security deposit is applied to damages, unpaid rent, and other costs associated with getting the property ready for new tenants.
When: In California, you must serve this notice to your former tenants within TWENTY-ONE days of the date when they vacated your rental property. Along with this notice, you must include any remaining funds from the security deposit.
Note: To ensure that you and the tenant are on the same page and that the tenant is aware of the differences in conditions of the property before they move in and after they move out, you should use this form in conjunction with the Move In/Move Out Walk-Through Checklist.
IMPORTANT: If you do not supply your former tenants with a California Security Deposit Accounting Statement within twenty-one days of them vacating your rental property, then, in the state of California, you will be legally bound to refund them their security deposit in its entirety. Be sure to get an inspection of the property promptly after the tenant moves out. Then fill out all appropriate fields, and send this document to your tenant’s forwarding address (or hand deliver it to them) no more than 21 days after they move out of your property.
California State Specific Documents
- California Security Deposit Accounting Statement: This form makes it EZ for Landlords to comply with California’s specific requirements regarding the accounting of security deposits.
- California 30-Day Notice to Vacate: This is the form Landlords need to end a month-to-month Lease or a Lease with a tenancy period of less than one year.
- California 60 Day Notice to Vacate - At-Fault Just Cause: The California 60 Day Notice to Vacate At-Fault Just Cause ends a periodic tenancy that is for more than one year and not a rent-controlled jurisdiction.
- California 60-Day Notice to Vacate for Non-Exempt Properties - No-Fault Just Cause Lease Termination: California Landlords can provide Tenants with a 60-day Notice for no-fault just cause evictions, which must inform Tenants of their right to receive relocation assistance.
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- California Guide to Residential Tenants’ And Landlords’ Rights And Responsibilities: This is the California Guide to Residential Tenants' And Landlords' Rights And Responsibilities.
- California Rental Application: This Rental Application will provide the landlord with the necessary information about the inquiring applicants, excluding the marital status question.
- California Family Daycare Q&A for Landlords: An informative guide for the landlord regarding the requirements needed for a tenant to run a home daycare in a rental property.
- California Non-Residential Building Energy Disclosure Program Information: California Landlords who rent non-residential property must comply with the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program.
- California Notice of Pest Control Treatment: California Landlords are required to give renters notice any time the Landlord uses pesticides to treat a rental unit. Ours is EZ to customize & download.
- California Quitclaim Deed: This California Quitclaim Deed complies with California's legal requirements and allows owners to transfer their housing ownership to others.
- Declaration of COVID-19-Related Financial Distress: This form provides the language required for a California Landlord to initiate eviction proceedings pursuant to CA AB 3088, including the required attachment of a Declaration of COVID-19-Related Financial Distress.