Moving out of an apartment can be a challenging process. With packing and preparing for your next home in the forefront of your mind, it can be easy to forget the details of securing your deposit. While it may seem like a hassle, it could cost you hundreds of dollars if not done properly. Unless your landlord is also your BFF, you should assume that the more careful you are, the better. Here are some ways to make sure that you get your deposit back.
When you are moving in, your landlord should provide you two checklists to mark what is working and what isn’t. Make sure to accurately fill it out, return one copy to your landlord, and keep one for yourself. Along with filling out the list, take pictures of the items on it. Whether it is good or bad, taking pictures shows that you are being truthful about what state it was in. One of the many bonuses of smartphones is that they have the date attached, so that should not be up for debate. It is also important to read your lease and understand the terms of how you can receive your deposit back. Can you have dogs? How many days before inspection do you need to let your landlord know? These and other questions are important when it comes to knowing the status of your deposit.
Make sure to start moving out early, and keep your things organized as you do! As you enter the packing phase, keep an eye out for the items on your checklist and the condition they are in. If you notice something is wrong early, you have time to address the problem before your apartment is inspected. Waiting too late to pack can cause you to miss these details, and the clutter will make your apartment look worse. When you are ready for inspection, schedule a walkthrough with your landlord and be present when it occurs. You can go over things together, which creates a clear understanding and eliminates confusion.
If you have not received your deposit by the time you move out, don’t panic. Most deposits will take a couple weeks. Leave your forwarding address with the landlord. If a couple more weeks pass, give them a call to get a clear understanding on when you can expect your deposit. If the problem continues to persist, remind them of your legal rights and continue to call. Even the most difficult landlords get the message after a while.
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