Ways Tenants Can Avoid Losing Their Rental Deposit
When securing a tenancy agreement, your landlord will most probably expect a rental deposit plus at least one month’s rent in advance. The amount you have to pay in to the deposit depends on the agreement, but usually is about equal to one or two months’ rent. Retrieving your deposit upon ending the tenancy agreement can be difficult if damage has been made to the property, or property checks have not been carried out properly. To help you avoid losing your deposit, below are some useful tips to take on board:
- Take pictures of the property shortly before your moving-in date.
This can provide evidence of anything that could be damaged or in fractured condition, and proves that you are not the one to blame for these damages. Try to do a full check of each room, not forgetting checking windows, doors, carpets and paint/wallpaper. Most of these checks will be carried out by the landlord or estate agent, but you must double check this as things can occasionally be missed and not recorded.
- Ensure that the agreed inventory fits the condition of your property upon move-in date.
An inventory should include an accurate record of the condition of the property walls, floors, furniture and appliances. This can be referred to if there are any deductions from your deposit.
- Pay all of your rent.
Any rent un-paid can be deducted from the deposit. Make sure that you keep evidence of your rent payments, and keep up-to-date with them in order to avoid banking up debt and rental deposit issues.
- Be savvy about the law and compliance.
Make sure that you know the law, so you know what to look out for. Not all but some landlords can break the law with making unfair deposit claims, for example, claiming a bit of wear and tear as damage and charging you. If you are familiar with the law concerning your deposit, you’ll know if an unfair deduction is made. https://www.mydeposits.co.uk/landlords/the-law
- If you have made any damages to the property, fix them up.
Make sure all paint, floors, windows and appliances are all in original condition from when you moved in to your property. If you took photos of the condition of the property prior to your move-in date, then check these to compare with the current state of the property so you can ensure you don’t miss anything. Be careful to look for scratches and marks to wall paint, and if need be the re-paint over the walls to freshen them up. Make sure that the colour of the paint is the same colour as that when you moved in.
- Take pictures of property on move-out date.
Do some final checks of the condition of the property, and take pictures of this to prove the state you left the property in. This is a sensible idea to protect yourself if there are any deposit disputes.
Above are some useful tips that will help you prevent the loss of your deposit when your tenancy agreement ends. It is worth remembering that making sure care and attention is paid to looking after the condition of your property is the best way to prevent from lawful deposit deductions.
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