Below is a sample letter demanding return of security deposit. It may be used as a legal document if the tenant needs to take the landlord to court, so it should be written in formal business-letter style and sent by certified mail, courier or other service that will give the tenant a return receipt. This receipt is proof that the letter was received.
Landlords require security deposits to protect against any damage done to the property by a tenant. If walls are damaged, appliances broken, carpet stained beyond repair or a number of other property damage possibilities, the landlord needs to have the damage repaired before he or she can rent to another tenant. It’s only fair that the tenant who damaged the property pay for the repairs. It is usually taken out of the security deposit.