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March 2016
5 Steps for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

It would be so easy to just pay a security deposit, and then receive it back when you move out. However, there are circumstances and regulations that may inhibit that simple process—but there are steps you can take to make the return of your security deposit smoother and easier.

Think ahead.

Thinking ahead before you move out can save you a load of hassles later—and get your full security deposit returned. If you have a fixed-term lease, such as a 12-month lease, and you have to move out, find another tenant to take over your lease. For a month-to-month lease, give the appropriate amount of notice (i.e. 30 days, 15 days, etc.) as specified in the lease you signed. If you don’t give proper notice, your landlord may be allowed to deduct the amount of unpaid rent from your security deposit.

When you give notice, inquire about the expectations of your landlord. What condition do they expect your rental to be in after you move it? When you get an answer, make an effort to thoroughly clean your rental and leave it in the condition described by your landlord. Take pictures of the rental after you move out to ensure you have documentation in case of any future conflict.