New York, home to a teeming metropolis of 8 million people, has specific laws when it comes to landlords and tenants, real estate and property. For instance, a landlord in New York doesn’t have a set deadline as to when to return a renter’s security deposit. Most states require this to be done in 14 or 30 days. No such requirement in the Empire State. Instead, a landlord must return the tenant's security deposit within “a reasonable time” after the tenant has surrendered the rental. For more New York real estate laws, the links below provide dive deeper into real estate, adverse possession and property statutes.