When you rent an apartment or home, your landlord will typically ask for a security deposit. This sum, which is usually equal to one month’s rent, is meant to cover any damage or cleaning costs the landlord may incur after you leave. If the rental unit is in the same condition as when you move in, then you get that money back.
Most of the time, landlords do return your security deposit. But you should still take a few precautions to protect yourself and your money.
- Do some research – Before you move in, check your landlord’s reputation. Also do a room by room walk-through of the unit you intend to rent and either videotape or take pictures of what you see. And before you sign your lease, be sure you understand all terms and conditions.
- Be a diligent resident – On the day you move in and from that day forward, be very careful to not scratch, dent, stain or otherwise damage floors, carpets or walls. Keep everything as clean as you can and don’t let newspapers or trash pile up. Should an appliance break or require attention, tell your landlord immediately and keep records of all repair requests.
- Pick up after yourself when it’s time to leave – Clean your unit thoroughly before you return the keys to your landlord. Also do another walk-through with your video recorder or camera so that you have a visual record of how you left the apartment or house.
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