Can My Landlord Keep my Damage Deposit for a Dirty Apartment?

Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment to Keep Your Entire Security Deposit

If your apartment is not properly cleaned, it can result in a failed move-out inspection and withholding or reducing the return of your damage deposit. Properly cleaning your apartment can help with the prompt return of your security deposit without damage fees. Here are some useful tips on properly cleaning your apartment for the quick return of your damage deposit.

1. Clean and Clear Everything Off Your Walls

Wash the walls and windows throughout the space. Remove all staples and nails from walls, ceilings, or doors. Using a cleaning cloth or magic eraser to remove all visible scuff marks.

2. Make Sure Your Kitchen Is Clean

Start with the appliances and clean them inside out (refrigerator, microwave, oven, etc.). Clean the cabinets, light fixtures, all surfaces, sinks and floor. Spend some time and use some elbow grease; it will pay off in the long run.

3. Bathrooms Should Be Clean and Empty

Thoroughly clean the sink, tub, toilet and shower. Wipe down faucets, mirrors, medicine cabinet, and all vents or light fixtures. Sweep and mop the floors.

4. Make Sure the Rooms are Clean

The living room, bedrooms, and all common spaces should be empty and clean. Wipe down shelves and clean any mirrors. Dust ceiling fans and/or any light fixtures. Replace all burnt out light bulbs. Treat carpet stains and then vacuum the carpet. Wooden or tile floors can be mopped or hand-washed.

5. Clean Up Your Outdoor Areas

Sweep and clean any exterior spaces including the balcony & patio areas.

6. Remove any Trash

Remove all garbage and dispose of it properly. Make sure nothing in closets, cupboards, or rooms is left behind.

7. Keep Proof of Cleanliness

Take photos once you’re finished and keep them for your records. You can send them along with a description to the property manager for sign off, or present them at your inspection.

8. Return your keys

Make sure you return all sets of keys for a dull deposit.

It’s that simple. Best of luck on moving to your new home!

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