Residential Renters’ Deposit Act

In Utah, the Residential Renters’ Deposits Act, requires a landlord to return the security deposit paid by a tenant at the termination of the tenancy.  If the landlord makes any deductions from the security deposit, the landlord must provide the renter with a written notice explaining why the landlord is retaining any amount of the refundable portion of the security deposit. See Utah Code Ann. § 57-17-1.   Upon termination of the tenancy, property or money held by the landlord as a security deposit may be applied, at the landlord’s option, to the payment of accrued rent, damages to the premises beyond reasonable wear and tear, other costs provided for in the contract, and cleaning of the unit.  See Utah Code Ann. § 57-17-3.  The balance of any deposit and prepaid rent, and a written itemization of any deductions, and the reasons, must be delivered or mailed to the tenant within 30 days after termination of the tenancy or within 15 days after receipt of the renter’s new mailing address, whichever is later. See Utah Code Ann. § 57-17-3.  If the landlord, in bad faith, fails to provide the refund and/or written itemization of deductions and reasons within the time permitted, the renter is entitled to recover the full deposit, a civil penalty of $100, and court costs. See Utah Code Ann. § 57-17-5.