Getting Your Security Deposit Back

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Advice and instructions on how to get your security deposit back from your landlord. Learn the difference between damages the landlord can charge you for versus normal wear and tear. Includes forms you can use. #6370EN


Washington's laws affecting renters have changed as of July 23, 2023. Please read 2023 changes to Washington State's laws affecting renters for a summary.

Ready to write a letter to your landlord? Use our self-help online form

This online form will help you write your landlord a letter asking for the return of your security deposit. We ask you questions and use your answers to complete your letter. It takes less than 10 minutes. When you finish, you can email or download and print your completed letter to send to your landlord.

What do I need before I start the online form?
  • 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.
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Link takes you to a separate website.

If you do not want to fill this out online, download our information and forms below.

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Last Review and Update: Jul 24, 2023
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