Security deposits can be a significant amount of money to residents of apartments. The worst part is that when you move, you probably won’t have gotten your deposit back from the old apartment, but you’ll need to put down a new one. You can’t afford to lose that deposit. So how can you make sure you get your deposit back in Glendale, CA?
Getting your deposit back starts when you move in. You need to walk around the apartment with the landlord. Both of you should take pictures of the condition of the apartment, and any amenities for which you’re responsible, along with any property such as window air conditioners which are provided for you but need to be left when you move. You should host these images in the cloud so you know you have access to them in the future. You also should make a list of anything that’s damaged or not in optimal condition.
This should take just a few minutes, and then both you and the landlord have a record of the condition of the apartment and things that you’re responsible for.
While you live there, make sure you take care of the apartment. Clean things regularly, even unpleasant things to clean such as the oven. That prevents ongoing damage, and helps you to get your deposit back. In addition, if you do cause damage, make sure it gets fixed. Pay for the damage if it was your fault, and then won’t have to come out of your deposit. Make sure you have written communication about this (email is fine) with the landlord to make sure you both understand that the issue is closed and will not impact a full refund of your security deposit.
When you move out, make sure that you do a full walk-through with the landlord, as well. Take pictures and make lists of damages just like you did when you moved in. Compare those pictures and compare the lists. They should be equal, which means you caused no damage and are entitled to a refund of your security deposit. Also keep in mind that, while municipal ordinances may impact it, there is generally a set amount of time within which the landlord has to return your deposit and/or an itemized list of deductions. If that doesn’t happen, you may have recourse for additional funds, as well.
Getting your deposit back isn’t terribly difficult, and makes moving into your next apartment easy. You’re likely to be a better tenant as a result of trying to get your deposit back, too, which means you’ll get a better reference from the landlord. That makes it easier to get your next apartment as well. But what if there’s damage your security deposit won’t cover? What if you cause a fire that does tens of thousands of dollars of damage?
That’s where your Glendale, CA Renters Insurance comes into play. Liability coverage pays for the damage to the building in a situation like that. It covers the deductible on the landlord’s insurance claim, and it also covers the money that the landlord’s insurance pays out if they come after you because the fire was your fault. To find out more about how to protect yourself from that significant exposure or from other risks, just call (800)892-4308 or click to get covered - whether you need Glendale renters insurance quotes online or coverage anywhere else!
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