Upon renting a home or apartment, the landlord or property manager will often require a security deposit. Security deposits ensure that, when tenants leave, the home or apartment is in the condition in which they found it.

If the tenants meet certain standards, the landlord will return the deposit. Otherwise, the landlord will use the funds to pay for repairs and cleaning to meet those standards. Although Layton rental properties establish different criteria, by following a few simple tips you can make sure you’re on track to get your deposit back.

Plan ahead- use removable hooks, poster putty and felt pads to protect wood floors from scratches etc, spot treat carpet stains, use rugs in high traffic areas etc and report any maintenance concerns to the landlord as soon as possible.

Document everything- When you move in, take photos or videos of the condition of the property and keep them. Make sure to fill out any move in paperwork requested and keep copies for yourself as well.

Let your landlord know as far in advance as possible if you plan to move out. Ask for any move out instructions/ move out checklist and become familiar with the process ahead of time so you know what to expect before you start your move. Also check your lease to see if there are any additional instructions there. If move-out instructions are provided, follow them as closely as possible to avoid charges to your security deposit when you move out.

Take care of cleaning and any necessary repairs like replacing light bulbs, changing the furnace filter, patching holes etc. Any larger maintenance items let your landlord know right away so they can either fix it before you leave or are at least aware of it when you move.

Move out Inspection- Check with your landlord to see if they are planning on doing a move out inspection with you in person or if they handle that after you leave. Either way document everything again with pictures and video to have proof of the condition of the property when you moved out.