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Date
______________________________________
Landlord’s Name
______________________________________
Landlord’s Address

Dear __________________________________

According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section 5321.16 (B), “any deduction from the security deposit shall be itemized and identified by the landlord in written notice delivered to the tenant together with the amount due within thirty days after termination of the rental agreement and delivery of possession.”

On [date] ___________, I moved out and returned the keys to the premises located at [address] ______________. I also provided you with a written forwarded address on [date] ________________.

[ ] It has been more than 30 days since moving and I have not yet received my security deposit or an
itemized statement explaining the deductions.

[ ] I received a portion of my security deposit from you and/or an itemized statement explaining the
deductions from my security deposit. I believe that $ _________ was wrongfully withheld from my
deposit because _____________.

Please return my security deposit in the amount of $ _________ immediately. Under the ORC 5321.16 (C),
if I do not receive the return of the wrongfully withheld portion of my security deposit, I will pursue my
legal claim from money due together with damages equal to the amount wrongfully withheld, and
reasonable attorney fees. I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Thank you for your cooperation.

_____________________________________
Tenant
_____________________________________
Address and Phone Number

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