DEPOSIT: When a new tenant moves in, the landlord
collects the security deposit. The purpose is to cover such things as cleaning or damage. The money collected
may be refundable or nonrefundable.
In the state
of Washington, the landlord has 14 days
after a tenant moves out to return the security deposit or give a written
explanation of why it (or any part of it) was not refunded.
If a landlord does not comply, the full amount of the deposit
must be refunded to the tenant, regardless of any claims by
the landlord that the tenant is not entitled to a refund.
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