Get Your Deposit Back at the End of a Tenancy

Getting your deposit back at the end of a tendency is never a given.

Although it’s standard procedure to pay a damage deposit at the outset of a new tenancy, you should never assume that you’re going to get it back. It depends on the type of landlord you have and the type of tenant you are whether it’ll be easy to get the money back or not. Some landlords are easy going, while others are sticklers, and there’s no way of knowing which you’ve got until you’re in there.

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Today, we’re going to help you get through the end of tenancy process with your finances intact. Here are 7 ways to ensure that you get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy.

1. Do An Inspection Before Moving In

If you really want to make sure you’re going to be covered in the long-term, you’ve got to take the initial inspection pretty seriously. Go through the apartment and thoroughly inspect it for damage that could come back to haunt you.

The landlord is supposed to go through with you so that you can both make note of any damage, but you should be taking pictures for your own records as well. Pictures and videos are integral to keeping your deposit out of your landlord’s hands. When combined with a detailed list of existing damages, you should be fine to get your damage deposit back.

2. Take a Look At Your Tenancy Contract

Always read the small print when you get a tenancy contract. These things can be long and overly detailed, making them extremely boring to read, which is why most people won’t even bother. However, the more you know about the contract you’re signing, the better you’ll be able to navigate the end of tenancy process.

The contract will probably give you fairly detailed instructions for the condition your flat should be in when you leave. To get your damage deposit back, you should follow every detail. In an ideal world, you’ll be able to look at the contract beforehand to peruse and ask any questions you may have about the fine print.

3. Give Proper Notice When You Move Out

Most landlords aren’t going out of their way to keep your damage deposit, but you shouldn’t intentionally rock the boat because they can make things difficult for you. One basic way that you can avoid the latter is by giving them the proper amount of notice before you move out of the apartment.

It depends on the type of tenancy agreement you have how much notice you’ll have to give, but it’s probably either one or two months. This is yet another reason to familiarize yourself with your contract. If you break your rental agreement, there’s a much higher chance of your landlord keeping your damage deposit and there won’t be much you can legally do in retort.

Your landlord only needs to give ‘reasonable notice’ to quit. Usually this means the length of the rental payment period – so if you pay rent monthly, you’ll get one month’s notice.

The notice does not have to be in writing.
Citation from: Private renting for tenants: tenancy agreements

4. What Is Wear and Tear?

When you live in an apartment for a little while, you’re bound to see some wear and tear on the walls, floors, and appliances. Even if something’s not technically “damaged”, it might be so under your rental agreement, so you need to have a clear depiction of what wear and tear is from your landlord.

In most cases, you’re going to have a good amount of leeway when it comes to the parts of the flat that take a beating. As long as you don’t bring a pet in without consulting the landlord, most things fall under the wear and tear category.

5. Report Damage As It Happens

No matter how careful you are with your apartment, stuff happens and you can’t prevent every accident. Whether it’s a hole in the wall from moving or a stain in the carpet, you’re always better off reporting the damage as soon as it happens than waiting until the end of your tenancy.

Not only will this create a more trusting relationship between yourself and your landlord, but it’ll prevent any issues at the end which might lead to you forfeiting your damage deposit.

6. Start End of Tenancy Cleaning Weeks Before

Moving out of your flat can be overwhelming, whether you’re moving to another rental or buying a home. With packing and dealing with the logistics of the next place, cleaning can feel like a complete afterthought.

Whatever extra time you have available to you should be spent cleaning your apartment. If you start wiping down surfaces and getting in the nooks and crannies weeks before you move out, you won’t have to do that cleaning blitz right before you move out. The more impressively clean the apartment is, the more likely you are to get your deposit back, no questions asked.

7. Hire a Cleaner

Of course, not everyone’s going to have time on their side, which is why you’ve got us. At SYK Cleaning, we can take this load off of your mind, so you can get your damage deposit back and focus on moving to your next home. We offer an end of tenancy cleaning guarantee, which will give you the comfort of knowing that your place will be as clean when you leave as the day your moved in.

If your landlord isn’t satisfied, we’ll come back and clean again, free of charge, until they are. We understand how difficult it can be to satisfy some landlords, but you shouldn’t lose your damage deposit because of that. Contact us today to get an end of tenancy cleaning quote.

Know Your End of Tenancy Rights

You should never feel hamstrung by your landlord during an end of tenancy. As long as you haven’t damaged anything, you know what’s in your rental agreement, and you’ve done a thorough clean, you should get your damage deposit back. Let us help you with the cleaning and contact SYK Cleaning today.

We specialize in end of tenancy deep cleaning, so leave your apartment in our hands and you’ll get your damage deposit back.

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