By. Jacob Hellyer
This month we are focusing our outreach efforts on security deposits. There are a few steps a renter should follow to get the maximum amount of their money back from the deposit.
First, you should notify your landlord. If you are on a on a month-to-month lease, you can give 30 days’ written notice at any time. Following the notice, you should clean your rental unit the best you can, and take pictures of the end result that way you have proof that you cleaned the rental unit thoroughly. Also, you are entitled to a move-out inspection within a week of the end of their tenancy. After your inspection the landlord is required to give you an itemized list of priorities like fixing items or that still need to be cleaned. You and your roommates then have 24 hours to return to your residence and perform any of the outstanding cleaning and after that you should take photos of the final product to secure the maximum deposit you’re entitled too. Once the rental unit has been cleaned, and if the landlord does not take any money, you should receive your deposit within 10 days. If your landlord does deduct any money from your security deposit, the landlord has 30 days to send it to you with a written letter explaining why they are keeping all or part of the deposit. The written letter includes an itemized list of the deductions, any remaining refund of your deposit, and copies of receipts for the charges/deductions.
It is important that you take care for your rental unit because the more it is cared for the less likely it is that normal wear and tear will occur, and that leads to more money back from your security deposit. If you have any questions as a renter please contact the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center at 243-2017.