A hold can be placed on your checking account for a variety of reasons.
Usually, a bank places a hold on a check or deposit you make into your account.
If you spend the money you received from the check but it is returned to the bank and not paid, then you will have to cover the negative balance.
How long can a bank put a hold on your account?
If you deposit more than $5,000 into your bank account, ask your bank about its hold policy. Typically, the first $5,000 is available within one or two business days. It may take longer to get money in excess of that, although usually no more than five business days.
Can a bank release a hold early?
Banks are allowed to be less strict if they want–they can make funds available immediately, and they often do so–but they cannot hold funds forever. If there is a hold on your deposit, the bank should provide you with the release date on a receipt. Checks drawn on the same bank that you’re depositing to.
What does deposited item hold mean?
A hold means that although we’ve received your check for deposit, you won’t be able to use the funds until the hold period has expired. Holds are placed to help protect both you and us from losses that could occur when a deposited item is returned unpaid.
How long can a bank freeze your account for suspicious activity?
If your account is frozen because the bank is investigating your transactions, freezes typically last about 10 days for simpler situations or around 30 days for more complicated situations.