One of the primary motivations for being a good tenant is being able to get your security deposit back. Considering that it’s worth at least a month’s rent, it’s going to hurt if you have to forfeit it for some reason.
To avoid losing your security deposit, below are important tips you should follow.
Know What the Law Says
You need to be familiar with your rights as a tenant.
The law permits your landlord to withhold some or all of your security deposit under certain conditions. So, Google the rules surrounding security deposits in your state or city to find out how you can get your cash back partially or in full.
Review Your Lease Agreement
A lease is a legally binding agreement, so understand every contract stipulation it contains. This document may spell out special requirements you must satisfy. Failure to meet all of your agreed-on obligations may result in a loss of security deposit.
Notify Your Landlord Accordingly
More often than not, you’ll need to give your landlord an advance notice about your relocation before changing addresses. Breaking the news too late may negatively affect your landlord’s rental income, forcing you to pay an additional one month’s worth of rent as financial compensation for this transition.
Schedule an Inspection With Your Landlord
Arrange a walk-through with your landlord. This way, both of you can see the condition of the property before you leave.
As a tenant, you have to clean the place before handing over the keys (which is also a must). You may have to do some small repairs, but your landlord can’t hold you accountable for general wear and tear.
A licensed and insured mover like Around Town Movers can make the relocation process seamless and put you in a good position to get your security deposit back. Call (703) 682-5922 to get a free moving estimate today. We serve Washington, DC, as well as Reston and Arlington, VA.