Security Deposit deadline - California

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Just curious .....

A California landlord has 21 days to provide a final accounting and return the balance of the resident’s security deposit. The time begins when the landlord regains possession of the property.

Does this mean the tenant must actually receive the funds by the 21st day, or is it like filing taxes, where a postmark serves as proof of mailing?

Excellent question, Lois. California Civil Code Section 1950.5 states that:

...No later than 21 calendar days after the tenant has vacated the premises...[removed, not relevant]... the landlord shall furnish the tenant, by personal delivery or by first-class mail, postage prepaid, a copy of an itemized statement...

My understanding of the above is the landlord has a full 21 days before sending the statement by mail.

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