Letter to Landlord for Return of a Security Deposit - Self-Help Forms

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Information about using the Self-Help Forms

Use this online interview if you did not receive or only partially received a refund of your rental security deposit from a previous landlord and wish to send a demand letter requesting that it be returned to you. These forms are not for commercial use and charging for use in any way is prohibited.


  • It is always advisable to talk to a lawyer before proceeding in a court case on your own. We also suggest you read our publication Can I Get My Security Deposit Back? before completing this interview.

What do I need to get started?

  • Your current address.
  • Your previous address.
  • Your previous landlord's name, address or management company's address.
  • The date you moved out.
  • The amount of your deposit.


Ready to begin the interview? Click the link below:

>Return of Security Deposit Interview


What if I have questions?

To learn more about the project and what to expect when you use the interactive court forms, read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) below.



Why can't I see the interview? I keep getting an error message: "There's a problem. Could not find question. Unable to proceed."

Adobe Flash Player MUST be installed on the computer you are using in order to view the interviews. If Flash is not installed, you will get an error message at the beginning of your interview indicating there's a problem. If you are using your own computer it's safe, easy to install, and free.

To download the latest version of Flash, click here: Adobe Flash Player
Scroll down and click "Install Now". You do not need the Yahoo! toolbar and should uncheck that box if you don't want to install it.

What software is needed to download and print the forms?

The interactive court forms download for printing in Rich Text Format (.rtf), which should be opened in Microsoft Word or one of the other word processing programs mentioned above to preserve formatting. Make sure when downloading the documents your computer chooses one of these programs to download the documents. Otherwise you will likely experience formatting or other errors such as getting nonsense or "gibberish" rather than a document. Note: Microsoft WordPad is NOT the same as Microsoft Word. Using WordPad WILL cause problems with your documents.

Do I need a specific browser to access the interactive forms?

To access the interactive court forms, make sure to use an updated, Flash-enabled internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla. You may want to check for the latest version of the browser by visiting their website.

When I click the link to complete the forms, I'm taken to the LawHelp Interactive web site. What is this?

LawHelp Interactive is our partner in the interactive court forms project. LawHelp Interactive is the group that maintains the server donated by Lexis Nexis to Legal Service programs throughout the US to host online documents for low-income individuals. This server hosts all of the Washington interactive court forms. It is an encrypted, secure server. For more information visit www.LawHelpInteractive.org.

Why should I sign up for a user-name and password on the server?

Signing up for a user-name and password allows you to save your answers. Your answers are stored on a secure, encrypted server and are not accessible to anyone but you, unless you have shared your username and password.

What is the Interactive Court Forms Project?

The interactive court forms project is designed to help individuals representing themselves in court complete the forms they need easily and accurately online.

What should I expect?

You will answer questions in an interview format and your answers will be used to fill in Washington court approved forms relevant to your court case. Once you click the link to the form you need, you will taken to our partnering site, LawHelp Interactive, to complete the interview for the interactive forms. At the end of the interview, you will "submit" your answers, wait for your documents to be assembled, and then download your documents for printing. Instructions about what to do next will be included in your printed form packet.

Who can use this program?

This program is designed for low-income Washington residents, or advocates assisting them, who are representing themselves in a non-criminal court case.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for using this program. However, please note there are fees for filing most court documents. The instructions will include fee information or you can contact your county Superior Court Clerk for more details.

What should I know about representing myself in court?

When you represent yourself in court you are held to the same standards as an attorney. Your preparation, paperwork, and your conduct at all hearings must comply with court rules and orders. You should always talk to a lawyer about your legal issues before filing any legal paperwork. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to appear in your case, a lawyer can give you information about your rights. Read our publication Basic Tips on How to Prepare for a Court Hearing or Trial for more information on court behavior.

Where can I find an attorney if I decide I need one?

Visit the Washington State Bar Association's web site for detailed information on how to locate an attorney.