How to Claim a Refund of Your Security Deposit when Moving Out?

How to Claim a Refund of Your Security Deposit when Moving Out?

Mon, Apr 5, 2021 5:50 PM

Long Distance Moving

Moving out of an apartment for many renters involves doing what it requires to reclaim their entire security deposit. Although some harm is inevitable, there are a few things you can do to get the most money back from your deposit.

Before allowing renters to move in, most homeowners need a security deposit to cover damage, theft, and nonpayment of rent.

Security deposits cover a wide range of problems, from holes in the drywall and cracked bathroom tiles to missing televisions and excessive filth.

However, for most tenants, not receiving one will ruin an otherwise pleasant experience.

Safety deposits often surpass $1,500 and are equivalent to the first and last month's rent. It is not a negligible chunk of money. Particularly if you're planning a long-distance move. That's money you can put into hiring a professional moving company or furnishing your new house.

 However, for those with little cash on hand, it can lead to other financial concerns, such as not being able to put down a deposit on a rental unit or new apartment.

Fortunately, recovering all or much of your hard-earned money isn't difficult.

Let's take a look.

What Will The Landlord Pay For It?

Although that varies from state to state and from one rental contract to the next, landlords are usually allowed to keep some or all of a security deposit if the following conditions are met:

1. The occupant defaults on their contract before it expires (early termination)

2. There is rent that has not been paid.

3. They've ruined chairs, appliances, electronics, walls, and flooring, among other things.

4. There are missing items

5. If the apartment is overly filthy and professional cleaning is needed

6. Taking care of unpaid utility bills

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How to Reclaim Your Security Deposit After a Move

1. Be a Well-Informed Tenant

Yes, experienced tenants read their rental agreements before signing on the dotted line.

Rental agreements can set out the conditions under which the landlord will hold any or all of a security deposit, even though they're full of obscure terms and mind-numbing legalese.

2. Take note of any pre-existing conditions as well as the contents at the time of moving in. 

Perform a detailed walk-through with the landlord or their manager before moving everything into your new apartment.

3. When Damage Occurs, Fix or Report It

It is sometimes inevitable to cause damage in an apartment.
If this occurs, it is better to repair the damage as soon as possible or report it to your landlord so that they can get it professionally repaired.

Minor damage might not always be warranted, but if you've been upfront, landlords and property management firms are far more likely to overlook minor issues when your lease expires.

If you attempt to repair anything on your own, be aware of your limits.

Often well-intentioned "fixes" can escalate minor problems.

Carpentry, plumbing, and faulty wiring should be left to the experts. Bear in mind that your landlord may charge you for repairs.

4. Maintain a Safe Atmosphere

Cleaning your apartment on a regular basis is the most effective way to keep it in good condition.

If that isn't possible, thorough cleaning prior to move-out is essential – preferably after your furniture has been removed.

5. When you move out, give your landlord proper written notice.

The laws governing the termination of leases vary from state to state, but as a general rule, landlords must offer 30 days' notice before leaving.

You'll be aware of notice conditions when it's time to move out if you read your rental agreement carefully in the beginning.

6. All of your keys must be returned.

When a tenant moves out, landlords hope to get all of their keys back.

Tell them right away if you've misplaced one.

They can request that you make your own copy or have them replaced.

Fees for these facilities are also included in rental agreements.

7. Request  Security Deposit

You've followed the rules.

You've maintained your apartment tidy, made on-time rent payments, and confirmed minimal damage.

And, being the conscientious soul that you are, you left it cleaner than when you first arrived.

Don't be afraid to ask for your security deposit back now.

You could get your security deposit back the same day you move out if you're dealing with a landlord, but most companies that own or run several apartment buildings can mail it to you.

You should specify this in the rental agreement, so you'll know what to expect if you've read it beforehand.

If your landlord tells you that they will be receiving rent,

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