Recent Changes in Connecticut
Landlord-Tenant Law that
You NEED to Know
On October 1, 2017, four changes to Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Law became effective. Below, we examine the first of the new and amended laws and what they mean to landlords:
CHANGE # 1: PA 17-236. Section 17. Landlords must reduce the security deposit being held to one month's rent when a tenant turns 62 upon request.
Under Connecticut law, a security deposit is "any advance rental payment...except an advance payment for the first month's rent or a deposit for a key or any special equipment."
If your tenant is younger than 62, you can require a security deposit no greater than two months' rent. However, if your tenant is 62 years or older, you can demand no greater than one month's rent as a security deposit. See C.G.S. §47a-21(b).
Now, as of October 1, 2017, when any tenant turns 62, you must turn any portion of the tenant's security deposit that is greater than one month's rent upon the tenant's request.
You should also know that violating the laws regarding security deposits could subject you to punitive damages, attorney's fees, and possible criminal charges.