How To Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back
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How To Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back

Zoe Kramer December 26, 2022

Learning all the ins and outs of renting can be tricky when you’re first starting out. There are lots of things to consider, but one thing you won’t want to forget about is your security deposit. If everything goes smoothly, you should get your deposit back in full at the end of the renting period, but there are a few things that can prevent this. Here are some tips to make sure that you don’t run into any issues getting your deposit back.

Read Your Contracts

It’s not the most fun activity to do, but it’s important to read all the fine print of your tenancy agreement to know what’s expected of you and what’s expected of your landlord. Your tenancy agreement will have the details of everything you need to do to look after the property while it’s in your custody. If you have any questions or concerns about what’s written in the agreement, let your landlord or letting agency know.

Own Up To Any Accidents

When you’re living in a property for an extended period of time, it’s only natural that damage will happen at some point. Maybe somebody spills their drink and stains the carpet, or one of the doors comes off its hinges. When these things happen, don’t panic. The best thing to do is talk to your landlord about the situation directly. If you leave it until you move out and hope they don’t notice, it’s much more likely to come out of your deposit.

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Keep Up On Your Maintenance

There are certain things that need upkeep in a house. Make sure you stay on top of changing lightbulbs, looking after the garden, and keeping the house ventilated to prevent condensation.

Give It A Good Clean

Make sure that you’re cleaning the house regularly. In the kitchen, wipe down the hob as often as possible to prevent buildup and clean the inside of your oven and microwave. In the bathroom, don’t neglect to clean your toilet and scrub down your shower to prevent limescale build up. Give your house one final, thorough clean before you move out. This can be key when working out how to get your security deposit back.

Know Your Rights

If you’ve done everything you can to uphold your end of the agreement, it’s important that your landlord does the same. If your landlord is taking money out of your deposit for something that doesn’t track with how you left the house, ask them why they’re taking the money and how they worked out the cost. If you can’t resolve the issue this way, you can either resolve the dispute with the deposit protection service or go to small claims court if your deposit isn’t protected.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.