If you have decided to move out from that rented property you have been stuck in for the past few years, you have to be prepared to deal with an awful amount of work. Aside from packing and looking for a company to help with the move, you have to be prepared to inspect the property and see what state you are leaving it in.
And in case you have forgotten why you have to pay attention to the property, it is mostly because of getting your security deposit money back. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy as hiring a cleaning service and ensuring the place is properly cleaned; most of the times it means reaching good terms with your landlord. Here are few tips on how to get your security deposit back:
- Make sure you rent from reliable landlords – surely you are going to have a lot of trouble if you rent property from people who never plan on returning your security deposit back in the first place. If you make a mistake and lend from a person like this, no professional cleaning service will be enough, because some people simply want to keep your money. To avoid such scenario you must do a proper research on your landlord and management company, if you want to avoid any future problems. See if there are any negative reviews and be very careful when you approach the mentioned names.
- Take steps to getting your deposit back before moving in – the ideal situation would be when your landlord hands you a checklist and together with you inspects the property before you move in. If he doesn’t do this, make sure you do. Aside from such checklist, you can take pictures of the property. That way you have proof what everything looks like before you move in and how you leave it when time comes for this. Chances are you are going to have to hire end of tenancy cleaning Kensington, just to make sure everything looks like you found it or in better state even.
- Do your best to maintain the property – the only way to get your security deposit back in full is by making sure you don’t do damage and harm to the property. Stay on top of things by doing minor repairs and home cleaning when it is needed and when an accident occurs. Some minor defects can be categorized as ‘wear and tear’, but don’t expect things like scratches and stains on the upholstery to be welcomed lightly.
- Do a walkthrough as you leave – when it is finally time to leave, you should make a last walkthrough of the place and identify any problems. Now is the time when the fate of your security deposit is decided and whether or not you get to keep your money in full.
- Defend your case – if need arises and you disagree with your landlord keeping your deposit or part of it, you can always make a case against them and try to defend it in court. You have every right to dispute the costs of the repairs your landlord is charging your deposit with, as well as the validity of those charges.
Follow these tips in order to ensure that you get the most of your deposit back. Make sure you defend your case if your landlord decides to keep the deposit back or some part of it. Most importantly – always make sure you document and take pictures of the property you are moving in. That is your guarantee no problem will occur.
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