Security Deposit Claim Form: Residential Tenancies

Landlords use the Security Deposit Claim Form to claim some or all of their tenant’s security deposit for unpaid rent or damage. You need to submit the form in person at Access Nova Scotia within 10 days of the end of the lease.

Use the Security Deposit Claim Form to apply to keep some or all of your tenant’s security deposit for unpaid rent or damage. You need to submit the form in person at Access Nova Scotia within 10 days of the end of the lease.

Who can use this form

Landlords need to use the form if they want to keep some or all of their tenant’s security deposit to cover the cost of unpaid rent or damages.

What you need to do

  1. Complete the form.
  2. If the tenant agrees with the claim, the tenant signs the form and it does not have to be filed.
  3. Take your completed form to Access Nova Scotia within 10 days of the end of the lease.
  4. If unpaid rent and damages are more than the amount of the security deposit, the landlord can submit Form J to try and get the balance of money owed.

How long it takes

It should take 1 to 2 weeks to complete the process. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to submit the form.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • address of rental unit
  • name and address of tenant
  • description of deductions from security deposit and amounts

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