January 30, 2013 4:26 am
Rent.com surveyed 1,000 U.S. renters, and the results were startling:
· More than a quarter (26 percent) of all renters have lost their security deposit at some point.
· Thirty-seven percent of men and 44 percent of 18-24 year olds said they did not get their deposits back because they moved out early.
· More women (9 percent) than men (3 percent) lost a deposit due to pet damage.
· Thirty-six percent of renters who did not get their deposits back said the landlord gave no explanation.
In addition, to help make sure you get your deposit back at the end of your lease, here are several tips for maintaining your apartment and your relationship with your landlord:
-When renting, it is always best to get written permission from your landlord before doing any renovations, changing paint color, etc.
-Read your lease. Many renters miss the specific guidelines laid out by their landlord regarding the return of their deposit. A list should be made and agreed upon regarding the conditions of the apartment at the end of the lease BEFORE you sign it.
-Snap a photo. It’s always a good idea to take some photos of the apartment when you first move in. Make sure they are time- and date-stamped! Then, repeat the process on move out day. This way pre-existing damage is documented and the blame cannot fall on you.
-Be reasonable and your landlord might be too. There is no guarantee that a landlord will negotiate you breaking your lease, but maybe there is a compromise that can be met. For instance, you could help find a replacement tenant, agree to pay rent for an additional number of months or until a new tenant is found, etc.
Published with permission from RISMedia.