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Get Your Security Deposit Back
While you are living in a rental apartment, you and your landlord may agree to use your security deposit to pay for any repairs, damages, or outstanding rent. But what happens when you decide to move out? Getting your security deposit back after you move may feel impossible, but doesn’t have to. Here are some insider tips on how to claim your money back without any headaches.
Read the Fine Print
As simple as it may sound, reading your lease will provide you with all the necessary information about moving in, damages, and your security deposit. It will also tell you what you’re responsible for, and the rules you must follow to be on your landlord’s good side. Once you have thoroughly read your lease, ask questions on anything you are unclear about. Then, make a copy for yourself so you can review it when it’s time to move out.
When you first move in, be sure to take photos of all the damages to the home that already exist. If you find any issues, attach the images to the document where you record the condition of the property or send them to your landlord. If you want to take the extra step, record a video walkthrough of the unit when you move in and keep track of every time you contact your landlord.
One of the best ways to avoid any damages or repair costs is to plan. Use anything from removable hooks to hang art and felt pads to protect your wood floors from scratches. With a few simple precautionary measures, you’ll save time and money when you’re ready to move out.
Repair Any Damages
If you are at fault for damages, determine how much it would cost to fix it. If less than your security deposit, it may be more beneficial to cover those costs yourself. Even the smallest repairs like changing out light bulbs and unclogging drains can go a long way. We recommend painting your walls the original color if you have made any changes.
Before you say goodbye to your old home, make sure to give it a deep clean. This doesn’t mean just use your vacuum and dustpan. It means cleaning and scrubbing everything. Remember no one wants to move into an apartment that still looks like it's been lived in. So roll up your sleeves, mop the floors, scrub the sinks, and make sure your home looks spotless.
A few weeks before your move out date, ask your landlord or friend to do an unofficial inspection. You may be surprised at how many things you missed. This will help you focus on your landlord’s request and ensure nothing will affect your security deposit.
Remember, your security deposit is essentially your money, so it’s important to get back what you deserve.
Jill Biggs leads the top-producing real estate team in Hudson County, N.J., a booming market located just outside of New York City. With more than a decade of experience serving Hoboken, Jersey City a....