Let’s say you’re getting ready to move out of your apartment. You’ve been a model tenant and nothing in your apartment has been damaged the entire time you’ve lived there (or you performed any necessary repairs yourself). You feel entitled to get back the full amount of your security deposit, but your landlord feels differently.
Your landlord can only charge a “reasonable amount” for damages. Although they’re not required to provide one, try asking for an itemized list of all deductions. Record of that communication can help you prove your legal case if you have to take your case all the way to small claims court.
Security deposits aren’t required by the state, only recommended, and they’re only regulated for rent-controlled units. The maximum a landlord can charge on a rent-stabilized apartment is one month’s rent, so if you paid more than that in a stabilized unit, you’re entitled to compensation.
No matter how much you paid for your security deposit, you are legally protected regarding how long your landlord can take to give you back whatever deposit you’re entitled to. New York courts have determined that you have the right to get your money back between 21 and 45 days after moving out of your apartment.