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How to Get Your Rental Deposit Back

Rental deposits are some of the least enjoyable parts of living in an apartment. Apartment deposits are frequently as much as, or more than, a full month's rent. Losing that much money can really put a hurting on a good day and should be avoided if possible. How, you ask? Well, I'll tell you! There are a couple parts to getting your deposit back from a landlord.

Lawyer Up!

Having your own lawyer is a good place to start. You don't need to be in a legal battle over a deposit but lawyers are like fire extinguishers: you do not want to find out that you need one the hard way. Hopefully, like the fire extinguisher, you will never need to use a lawyer but it's nice to have one and having legal help available doesn't have to break the bank. So, make sure to find out what kind of legal help you can afford and how to get access to it.

Contractual Factual

Know what your rental agreement says. Dead stop. A good way to make sure that you know what your rental agreement says is to get someone in the legal field to read and interpret it for you. And no, a lawyer does not mean your cousin in law school: someone who gets paid to interpret legal documents. If you keep track of what your rental agreement says about deposits, it's much easier to avoid even having debate your landlord about getting that deposit back.

Cleanliness is Close to Having Moneyliness

Being clean is an easy way to make sure that you don't have to give your deposit back. Most rental agreements revolve around the condition of the room or the apartment. If you keep your room or apartment clean, you will be less likely to have to spend money on either having it professionally cleaned or paying back the deposit. Cleanliness leads to better conditions for the room overall and less money wasted for you! So be clean and you'll be a step (or ten) closer to keeping your deposit.

There are a bunch of ways to avoid having to pay your landlord the deposit you let them hold. These are just a couple of them. Use these tips to help keep your bank account (and your landlord) happy and healthy! Good luck!

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