Nebraska Security Deposit Law

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 11.27.2023

Nebraska Security Deposit Law: What You Need to Know

Navigating the complexities of Nebraska security deposit law is vital for both landlords and tenants. This guide outlines the key aspects of the law, ensuring a clear understanding of rights and obligations.

Maximum Security Deposit

Nebraska law restricts security deposits to a maximum of one month’s rent. An additional pet deposit, not exceeding one-fourth of a month’s rent, is permissible.

Deductions and Returns

Upon tenancy termination, landlords may deduct unpaid rent and damages from the deposit. The remaining balance, with an itemized statement, must be returned to the tenant within 14 days.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Tenants can recover due amounts, court costs, and attorney’s fees if landlords fail to comply. Willful non-compliance may result in liquidated damages up to one month’s rent or twice the security deposit, whichever is less.

Additional Rights and Obligations

The law doesn’t limit the recovery of other damages under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Tenants are not liable for damages due to being removed from unfit premises caused by landlord negligence.

Transfer of Landlord’s Interest

The holder of the landlord’s interest at tenancy termination is bound by these rules.

Key Takeaways

For Landlords: Adhere to deposit limits and provide timely returns and statements.

For Tenants: Ensure accurate mailing information is provided for deposit returns and understand rights for recovering withheld deposits.

Understanding and complying with Nebraska security deposit law is crucial for a fair and lawful rental experience.


Qira aims to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. The content provided here is informational and should be different from legal counsel. Please refer to the relevant government sources to check for any changes or updates to the law.


Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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