When you are looking to move into a new rental property, probably the only thing on your mind is, can I afford my new place, and, will I like it.

What most people don’t focus on, however, is what’s going to happen when their lease is over. Getting your security deposit back, in full, can be easy, sometimes, but, often, is a total pain in the ass.

There are ways you can ensure you get it all back.

From today’s Globe:

Question: I’m moving into a new place that requires a large security deposit. How do I protect myself so I get it back when I move out?

Answer: In a perfect world, security deposits would be fully refundable. In the real world, one of the bitterest battles between landlord and tenant arises over security deposit issues.

How does a renter avoid conflict from the start? Start when you move in, being sure to do a complete walk-through of the premises. Most leases decree that the unit “is to be returned in the same condition as when first rented, less wear and tear.” Your task at hand is to establish exactly what condition the place was in front the start.

Where to begin? Hopefully the landlord will provide a walk-through or inventory checklist at move-in. If not, create your own.

If possible, draw out a basic floor plan on a sheet of paper. For each room, make note of the following items:

Source: How can I guarantee my security deposit is refunded? – By Helene Lesel, The Boston Globe

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Updated: January 2018

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