It feels like a surprise late/early birthday present the day you get your security deposit back.
You thought about it all year, a big check just for living somewhere.
But what happens if you don’t get it back? There’s no letter with a check inside, there may even be a bill instead.
Apartment complex’s don’t just draw random units to decide who does or doesn’t get their deposit. There are factors that go into this decision and as the tenant you control all of them.
Ask yourself, did I stain the carpet? Dent the wall? Scrape off some paint? Leave trash in the room?
If the answer to any of these is yes, then that’s probably why you aren’t getting the deposit back.
The best way to ensure you get your deposit back is to read over your lease. The leasing agreement will state every issue or occurrence that could prevent you from getting your security deposit back.
It’s all in the fine print.
If you did cause any damage that could affect you getting your security deposit back it isn’t the end of the world.
It may be cheaper to fix it yourself before you move out. A carpeting cleaning service costs on average $100, if your security deposit was for $500 then you’ll save $400 if you do it by yourself first.
Try everything before you give up your security deposit. It’s a big check just for living somewhere, you deserve it. And if you don’t get it back this time, then make sure you do next time.