Renter’s Rights – How to Regain Your Security Deposit Back

Renting a home has its indisputable advantages than the purchase of a property. First and I think the most important is freedom of movement that only renting can give you. You do not have to be tied to a particular place.

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It is great for active people, students, single people who do not have the need to purchase a home yet or for those who cannot afford to carry a mortgage.

Most of us live in apartments, some for a shorter period, others for a longer period. If you are lucky enough finding a neat and well maintained building, then you can enjoy the comfort of a true home. Not to mention that you do not have to pay the utilities and you should not perform any maintenance work.

However, you as tenant should consider some things, and one of them is the recovery of your security deposit.

Usually, you can regain your security deposit after signing the checking out forms.

Of course, there are objectives cases when the landlord uses this security deposit to cover damages caused by you. On the other hand, there are situations in which a less honest landlord is trying to acquire your security deposit based on false grounds.

What can be done in this case?

You were in good faith and you have given the apartment clean and in good conditions.  You signed the checking out forms and you expected to receive the amount due check. Instead, you get less money or you have not received any money back.

To prevent this situation, it is advisable that before you leave the apartment to take some pictures. In this way, you will be able to prove that you left the apartment in good condition. You should know that a landlord cannot acquire your money to cover the cost of a normal wear and tear. He cannot under any circumstances, hold and use your money for other purposes.

Therefore, if you do not get your security deposit back in the time stipulated in your Residential Tenancy Agreement, you can sue him in a small Claim Court or an Arbitration Court.

In most of the cases, your former landlord will be forced to pay twice the disputed amount. It is indicated that before beginning any procedure to contact the landlord in writing, stating the amount due and the time passed since you moved out of his building.

In this way, you will be able to eliminate the risks of litigation and on the other hand, it is likely that the landlord, to respond positively.

Do not let a person without moral standing, to acquire your money.

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