rental home depositRenters are all too familiar with security deposits, costing anywhere from $300 to a full month’s rent in advance of moving in. In most cases, the deposit is half (if not fully) refundable, but your landlord can deduct from that amount to fix damages and/or replace property. Disagreements over deposit refunds are the number one source of tension between residents and landlords. So how can you relieve the tension and get your deposit when it’s time to move out?

When you moved in, your landlord probably asked you to fill out a checklist, noting any existing damages. Remember that? Keep your copy somewhere safe because it relinquishes you from the responsibility of paying for damages that were already there before you received your key. As an added layer of protection, you can take time-stamped pictures of existing damages to back up your notes.

Your landlord will conduct a final walk-through before you move out, checking for any damages that he or she can pin on you. But if you have documentation that those damages were there before you, then you can contest the claims and you’ll stand a higher chance of getting your full deposit refund back. Note that regular wear and tear is generally acceptable without a fine, but you may be responsible for a broken dishwasher or a cracked window.

Apart from damages, you can also be charged for theft, whether intentional or accidental. Many renters forget to turn in their key or garage door opener, which can reduce your refund if replacements must be purchased by your landlord. While these charges may be minimal, there will obviously be larger charges if you steal, for instance, a coffee table from a fully furnished apartment. Double check that you turn in property or leave it in your unit before completely moving out.

By documenting and turning in landlord property, you stand a very good chance of receiving your full refund upon moving out, which can help finance your next rental deposit or property purchase.

Our goal is to help save you money. Call Red Gorman Insurance at (214) 374-9997 for more information on Dallas renter’s insurance.

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