Are You Moving Out? We’ll Help You Get Your Security Deposit Back!
If you live in a rental property, it reaches a time when you have to move out and relocate to a new apartment. During this time, there are several aspects that make the moving process more stressing. One of them is fighting to get back the security deposit; at a time when your landlord hopes to have a final jab on your finances. In this post, our friends at maid forever will guide you through some of the most important points to ensure you get back your deposit in full.
I. Check your tenancy agreement
Whether you are renting an apartment or condo, there’s one document that regulates your stay in that particular property- the tenancy agreement. It contains all the details that you agreed upon with your landlord when moving in. Part of the tenancy agreement has clauses containing information on what you should do at the end of the lease period. For a tenant to receive back their deposit, one must respect and satisfy the conditions in the agreement.
For instance, depending on the terms of tenancy, you may be expected to:
– Perform an end of tenancy clean before moving
– Repaint the rooms (if you were allowed to redecorate)
– Cut the grass or do some basic garden maintenance.
– Clean and rearrange the furniture
II. Check the inventories
Property managers and landlords use the move-in and move-out inventory reports as a base to claim deductions from your security deposit. For this reason, it is important to carefully examine your check-in report during your final month as a tenant. You need to be sure that the property you leave behind is in the condition you received. There might be some minor scratches or damages on the property, but to minimize potential problems when moving out, we advise that you perform some repairs before leaving.
III. Do some minor repairs
There are some small fixes that would take a few hours to complete, but improve the condition of your property tremendously, thus bringing it closer to its initial state. These include:
– Replace damaged switches, power sockets, and light bulbs.
– Polish wooden surfaces to remove stains.
– Using some putty, fill in all nail holes on the walls, and repaint the area.
– Deep clean the oven and cookers
– Use a diluted bleaching solution to clean mold patches.
– Clear all drains
If you do this, your landlord will have no chance to claim deductions.
IV. Invite your property manager for inspection
Do not wait until your landlord or property manager comes for the final inspection. This is because after the check-out report, you barely have a chance to make improvements on the property. Instead, you can avoid deductions by asking the landlord to come for a preliminary inspection a month before moving out. During this time, you can negotiate the repairs to be done so that you can satisfy the landlord’s requirement and receive your full deposit.
V. End of lease cleaning
Cleaning is among the top reasons for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants, with more than 50 percent of all disputes having hygiene issues as part of the claim. The best way to avoid clashing with your landlord is doing a comprehensive end of lease clean. If you’ve lived in a property for two or three years and never done a deep clean, it’s now time you consider hiring our post-tenancy cleaning service.
You do not have to schedule a whole day for cleaning. Get in touch with a professional residential cleaning company and book an end of tenancy clean. We at maidforever, are ready and will be glad to help you receive your deposit in full.