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What to Ask to Get Your Deposit Back

By Mike in Downtown San Diego Real Estate with 0 Comments

If you’ve been renting but are ready to buy a condo or Downtown San Diego loft for sale, you might be wondering if you can get your security deposit back. Although the lease generally lays out the terms of receiving your deposit back when you move, it is a good idea to ask your landlord these questions to ensure the return of your deposit when you move out.

1. What happens if I don’t give adequate notice to vacate?

Most states require a 30-day notice to vacate even if you do not have a lease agreement. This notice is to allow the landlord time to have another tenant lined up. Without giving enough notice, you may owe additional rent that could be taken from your security deposit. Don’t forget to keep a dated copy of your notice and provide the landlord with your new address.

2. What happens if I break my lease?

Some landlords will let you out of your lease if they are able to rent the unit immediately. Otherwise, you may be held responsible for the rent until the end of the lease term.

3. How clean do you expect the unit to be at move out?

Are there nail holes that need to be filled, scuff marks on the floors, stains on the carpet? These are things that go beyond normal wear and tear. Don’t forget to clean behind appliances and have the landlord take a look at the unit to see if you missed anything.

4. What if there is pet damage?

Pet damage such as scratched up walls, damaged doors, or carpet stains will be deducted from any pet or security deposits available. Be sure to clean up the patio from your pets and have the carpets professionally cleaned when you have pets.

Ask yourself if the unit is as clean as you would want it to be if I were just moving in. Ready to be a homeowner? Let us help you along the way! We can show you lofts or condos for sale in the East Village, Little Italy, and Cortez Hill that fit your needs, wants, and budget. Reach out today! ')}