As the school year draws to an end, thousands of students begin to pack their things in preparation for their next move. For some, it is a move out of Fort Collins. For others, it is a move to a new student apartment or home near campus.
Regardless of where you are moving, there is one thing that everyone has in common — everyone wants to get their full deposit refunded once they move out. As a provider of student apartments near CSU, the Landmark Apartments, we know a thing or two about how to ensure that you get your refund back — and in today’s blog post we are going to tell you! Continue reading for some insider information about how to ensure that you get your deposit back!
Fill Out A Rental Inspection Checklist
One of the most common reasons that people get money taken from their security deposit before it is returned is that the landlord finds a damage that was present prior to your move-in date but there is no record of it being there before you move in.
In order to avoid this, simply fill out a rental inspection checksheet (like this one from Colorado.gov). In doing so, you and your landlord will have a record of living space condition prior to your move-in date.
Take Pictures When You Move Out
A surefire way to make sure that money is not deducted from your security deposit when you move out is to take pictures, with a timestamp, showing the condition of the living space when you lease is over. By filling out a rental inspection checklist and backing up the information listed on it with concrete evidence you can avoid a “your word versus their word” situation.
Know Your Rights
It is a common misconception among renters that the landlord has all of the power. Sure, it is their property, but as a tenant, you have some fundamental rights. Because renter rights differ from community to community, we suggest that you review the City of Fort Collins Landlord-Tenant Handbook. While rights may be different city to city, the above handbook should cover all of the houses and student apartments near CSU.
Request An In-Person Final Walk Through
Would you believe us if we said that pictures and a filled out apartment rental inspection checklist sometimes still aren’t enough? Well, it is true. Some landlords can try to leverage minor wear and tear damages to justify taking money off of your deposit simply because they know they will never have to see you in person again. By requesting an in-person walkthrough you can rest easy knowing that the second you leave all issues will have been discussed.
Last but not least, it is incredibly important to ask questions any time that you are unsure of how to make the moving-out process efficient. Some homeowner landlords might not be keen to a bunch of questions, but all student apartments near CSU, especially ours, would be happy to answer any and all questions that you might have.
We hope that the above information helps you get your full deposit back in the future. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in our student apartments near CSU, we urge you to stop by or contact us and ask! We look forward to hearing from you!