How To Get Your

Security Deposit Back After Moving


There are plenty of people that truly believe that landlords will not give security deposits back or, at least, will do anything they can to avoid giving it all back.

Though some of these types of landlords do exist, most landlords are agreeable people that will happily return your security deposit under the correct circumstances.

Below, we will go over the steps you should take to ensure that you can get your security deposit back after moving.

Read Your Lease

Re-read your lease the moment that you decide to move out. Every lease agreement has a section about moving and you should follow these terms precisely in order to get your deposit back.

Find out how much notice you must give your landlord and look for any specific requirements the landlord may have included. For example, some landlords will require a 60-day notice, whereas most only require 30 days. You’ll also want to check any other additional requirements. such as cleaning and repairs.

Let Your Landlord Know

Telling your landlord that you plan to move is a respectable decision in the moving process. By telling your landlord, you’ll be fostering a more trustworthy relationship between you and your landlord.

It’s best to do this by writing a letter and making a copy of it for your personal records. This way, you’re covering yourself if your landlord ever tries to say they didn’t know you were moving. Just make sure they receive it during the timeframe of the notice.

Pay Your Final Month of Rent

Don’t fall into the mindset that your security deposit is your last month’s rent. This is not the case unless it’s specifically written in the lease agreement.

Your security deposit is typically used to cover any damages or cleaning that needs to be done in the event that you move out without following this guide. Be sure to pay your final month of rent on time and keep a copy of the receipt for your records.