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The way this works is under a rule called the "mailbox rule".. If they have the deposit refund issued within the 30 days as denoted by the postmark on the letter, then they are within the time limits, even if the tenant receives it later than 30 days.
But if the letter is not postmarked within the 30 days, then they lose the right to retain anything. If they refuse to refund your deposit, or they missed the 30 day window, then your recourse is to file suit in small claims court under a breach of contract claim..