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Security Deposit Demand Letter - Do it Yourself

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Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Click "Proceed" above to get to the guided interview. If you only want the letter by itself, click "PDF" below.

Step 1

About this Program

Welcome! This free program helps you create a letter to request the return of a security deposit in Minnesota.

The program works by asking you questions. It uses your answers to:

  • calculate the amount you are owed (including interest), and
  • create your letter.

You can print your letter, make copies, and send it to your landlord.

It should take less than 20 minutes to get through the interview. If you don't have enough time to finish, save your answers by creating an account with LawHelp Interactive. You can create an account now or any time during the interview.

Before you start the interview, you need to read the instructions on the next 4 tabs. 

To continue, click on the green Step 2 tab above.

Step 2

About this Security Deposit Demand Letter

After the day your tenancy ends (this may not be the same as the day you moved out), your landlord has 3 weeks to:

  • return your full deposit, plus interest, OR
  • return part of your deposit, with a letter explaining any deductions, OR
  • send a letter saying why you don't get any of your deposit back.

Do not send the letter until you are sure the 3 weeks deadline has passed.

 Read the Security Deposit Fact Sheet for more information.

To continue, click on the green Step 3 tab above.

Step 3

What Information Do You Need?
Before you start the interview, make sure you have the following information.
  • Your name and current address
  • Your landlord's name and current address
  • The address of the place you rented from the landlord
  • The amount of the deposit
  • The date you gave the landlord the deposit (you do not need the exact date, but you should know the right month)
  • The exact date your tenancy ended (this may not be the same day you moved out)

To continue, click on the green Step 4 tab above.

Step 4

What Does Your Computer Need?
This interview will only work on a desktop computer. If you only have a mobile device, go to a library or other location with a desktop computer and printer. If you are at a library, you can skip this step of instructions. Public computers already have these programs installed. If you are using your own computer, make sure your computer has the following:

1.   Microsoft Word or Word Viewer

If you don't have Microsoft Word, you can use Word Viewer to view, copy, and print your forms (but it won't let you make changes.) Click here to get Word Viewer for free.

(Note: Microsoft Word Pad is not the same as Microsoft Word and will not work with this program.)

2.   Adobe Flash Player

If you don't have Adobe Flash Player, click here to get the newest version for free.

To continue, click on the green Step 5 tab above.

Step 5

Click "Proceed" above to get to the guided interview. If you only want the letter by itself, click "PDF" below.