Title 44, Chapter 7, Section 35
(a) A landlord shall not be entitled to retain any portion of a security deposit if the security deposit was not deposited in an escrow account in accordance with Code Section 44-7-31 or a surety bond was not posted in accordance with Code Section 44-7-32 and if the initial and final damage lists required by Code Section 44-7-33 are not made and provided to the tenant.
(b) The failure of a landlord to provide each of the written statements within the time periods specified in Code Sections 44-7-33 and 44-7-34 shall work a forfeiture of all his rights to withhold any portion of the security deposit or to bring an action against the tenant for damages to the premises.
(c) Any landlord who fails to return any part of a security deposit
which is required to be returned to a tenant pursuant to this
article shall be liable to the tenant in the amount of three times
the sum improperly withheld plus reasonable attorney's fees;
provided, however, that the landlord shall be liable only for the
sum erroneously withheld if the landlord shows by the preponderance
of the evidence that the withholding was not intentional and
resulted from a bona fide error which occurred in spite of the
existence of procedures reasonably designed to avoid such errors.