Sample Letter to Landlord: Return of Security Deposit

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The following document ONLY applies to jurisdictions in Kentucky that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act. These jurisdictions are: Barbourville, Bellevue, Bromley, Covington, Dayton, Florence, Lexington-Fayette County, Georgetown, Louisville-Jefferson County, Ludlow, Melbourne, Newport, Oldham County, Pulaski County, Shelbyville, Silver Grove, Southgate, Taylor Mill and Woodlawn.

If you do NOT live in one of these jurisdictions, please do not rely on this document for legal advice.

Further, this information only applies to residential leases. It does not apply to: commercial units, properties under contract for sale, hotels or motels, or people who are employed by the landlord.

Here is a sample letter you can send your landlord requesting the return of your security deposit because there was no damage. See Tenant's Guide to Security Deposit Problems for more information.

**You can also download this letter in Microsoft Word format.**


Dear Landlord:

On the ______ day of _______________________, 20____, I gave you a security deposit in the amount of $_______________. As of the _______ day of ___________________, 20_____, I have vacated the premises located at: ________________________________.

KRS 383.545, provides that a security deposit is for the purpose of securing the landlord "against financial loss due to damage to the premises occasioned by the tenant's occupancy other than ordinary wear and tear."

Please be advised that there was no damage to the premises as a result of my occupancy other than ordinary wear and tear and therefore, under Section 383.580, I am entitled to a return of the full amount of my security deposit. If the full amount of the security deposit is not returned within ten (10) days of receipt of this notice, legal action may be initiated to obtain the full amount.

Please mail my security deposit to:

Name: ____________________________________

Street Address: _____________________________

City, State, Zip: ____________________________


Reviewed August 2009