Ensure You Get Your Deposit Back
When moving out, if the property manager finds anything at fault, such as property damages or uncleanliness, the renter may not be refunded their security deposit. There are several things the renter will want to consider to ensure they receive their security deposit, beginning with a move-in inspection.
Move-in inspections should be conducted by both the tenant and property manager. They are conducted to make sure any prior damages or malfunctioning equipment/utilities are documented so that the tenant is not held responsible. It also allows for anything that may be wrong with the property to be fixed by scheduling maintenance. It’s a good idea during this time for the renter to take photographs of anything that may need maintenance or replacement.
Make sure as a tenant that you are making a note of any areas with damages, inside and out, including:
- Doors and windows
- Chimneys and fireplaces
- Sidings and walls for any paint damage or holes
- Fences and gates
- Porches, decks, or patios
- Front and back yards
- Ventilation/heating/cooling systems
- Outlets, light switches, overhead lighting
When you move out, use the same checklist to inspect and clean to make sure no new damages have occurred. This simple process will help ensure that you receive your security deposit back, and that the property has been properly maintained for the next tenant.