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Each state has different laws in that regard. Which state in the U.S. are you referring to?
First, let me get you the laws:
In short, the security deposit must be deposited at a bank within New York State and must not be co-mingled with the personal money of the landlord. If the landlord has 6 or more properties, then the landlord must place the security deposit in an interest-bearing account.
Notice must be given to tenant in writing as to the name of the bank where the security deposit is placed, the address of that bank, and the total amount deposited.
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You may have to end up suing him for return of the deposit. By law is he required to give the deposit back minus any damages to the apartment. Here is a link to a good guide where you can look on the 9th page:
If the landlord refuses, you may have to sue him in court to get the deposit back plus any fees, costs and attorney fees associated with the court process if you do have to sue him.
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