Can A Tenant Sue A Landlord For Withholding The Security Deposit?

Pennsylvania law allows tenant to sue a landlord for two times the actual security deposit held if the landlord does not provide an itemized list of damages and charges showing the amount of security withheld, together with payment for the balance (if any) within thirty days after move­out. This double damage statute does not apply if the tenant has not first given the landlord a written change of address, upon move­out.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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