If you’re a renter and are looking to move into a new home or apartment, you’re likely worried about whether you’ll get your rental deposit back. At Capitol Moving & Storage, we’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands of renters move into a new home. We’ve put together a quick list of tips to keep in mind when moving out of a rental.
Tips to Help You Get Back Your Rental Deposit
Notify Your Landlord
It’s important that you notify your landlord that you’re planning on moving out. Look at your lease to determine the amount of notice you need to give and be sure to let your landlord know well within this timeframe. There’s no need to tell your landlord why you’re moving.
Pay Your Last Month’s Rent
Some tenants may look at their security deposit as their last month’s rent. This is not a good idea, because if your rental property is left dirty or is in need of repairs, the landlord can sue you for unpaid damages because your security deposit has already been exhausted to cover your last month’s rent.
Clean Your Rental Thoroughly
It’s incredibly important that you leave your rental as clean as possible. It may even be a good idea, if you can afford it, to hire a professional cleaning service to ensure your apartment is extremely clean after you move out.
Take All Your Stuff with You
Another way to watch your security deposit evaporate is to leave furniture and other belongings behind at your old place. Be sure to completely remove all furniture and belongings from your old home, even if it means hauling quite a bit of stuff to the local trash dump.
Return Your Keys
Don’t forget to return all of your keys, including any gate or mailbox keys. If you forget any keys, your landlord will likely charge you a certain amount per key to replace them.
Follow Up with Your Landlord
Landlord and tenant laws vary by state, but your landlord typically has around 30 days to issue your refund. If you haven’t heard from your landlord within this time, it’s best to write a formal letter to them and save a copy. If you must, you can also head to your local court and file a civil suit if your landlord is not responding to your requests regarding the status of your rental deposit.
Need Help with Your Move? Contact Capitol Moving & Storage Today!
If you’re planning to move out of your rental, be sure to hire a professional moving company like Capitol Moving & Storage to ease some of the stress. We’ve been helping residents in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for more than 60 years and would be honored to work with you to move into your next home. Give us a call today at 860-282-4646 to setup a free moving estimate.