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blog61.jpgAre you planning on finally moving? Concerned about not getting your security deposit in full? There are definitely things you will want to do in order to make sure you get your money back.
If you want to get your security deposit back, you will want to make sure you are content with the conditions of your lease to begin with. If there is property that came with the apartment, then this property must remain in the apartment when you leave. If your apartment came furnished with couches, lamps, dressers, or anything else, you have to leave it. You will be charged for any unreturned items, and this means any keys as well!
You are going to want to make sure you keep your apartment in good condition. A landlord can charge you for the cost of damage if there is wear and tear to the apartment. What you consider as normal wear and tear can be very different than what your landlord considers as wear and tear. It's important to be aware of this. He or she might not be so sympathetic if a pet of yours did any damage.
You are definitely going to want to review your lease. Your lease will specify the time period for your occupancy. The most common lease options are usually month to month, six months, a year, two years, etc. When you sign the lease, you agree to occupy the space for that time frame and pay the specific rent. You can move out before this, but you are still bound by the terms. You may have to pay for rent until a new tenant moves in.
If you plan to get your security deposit back, you might want to consider the conditions that you move into. If you aren't given a move-in inspection list, then you will definitely want to make your own. Note the damages already there when you move in. Give a copy of this to your landlord.
When you plan to move, you always want to give your landlord advanced written notice. You will not want to be subject to additional fees because you did not properly inform your landlord. The time frame that tenants usually give notice is 30 days.
You will also want to notify your landlord of your forwarding address in writing. In many states, if you do not do this, then the landlord is not responsible for the same deposit refunds.
Many landlords will do a final walk through of the apartment when the tenant moves out. During this walk through, you will be able to see if you are responsible for any charges.
You either will get your security deposit back, or you will receive a letter with specific deductions and information of why your deposit was not returned. This usually happens within approximately 20 - 60 days.
According to Legal Zoom, "If your landlord doesn't refund the deposit after the seven-day notice, you can sue him in small claims court. If your landlord sends a letter on time saying he is withholding some or all of your deposit, but you think the amount is too high, you can still sue him in small claims court."
Source: Legal Zoom 

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