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let’s talk: APARTMENT MOVE-OUT CHECKLISTS

Hey guys!

Well, we officially moved out of NYC this week – CRAZY. And at the same time, we had a couple of tenants up in Binghamton who were also moving out. SO, I thought what better week to talk MOVING OUT CHECKLISTS than this one?! As a renter AND a landlord this is something I am forced to think about and keep in mind from both viewpoints.

So, as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk APARTMENT MOVE OUT CHECKLISTS…

I’m MOVIN OUTTTTTTTTTTT (shameless Billy Joel plug) – SO what should I do to ensure I get my security deposit back?!

The goal of every apartment move out is to make sure you set yourself up to get your security deposit back because let’s face it… that can be a TON of dough. Here is a little sneak peak into what I look for as a landlord so that you have the inside scoop and a quick go to reference sheet!

When you move out, your apartment should be…

it should be…CLEAN
(1) Apartment should be clean!
(2) All kitchen(s) and bathroom(s) must be completely cleaned out and wiped down
(3) Vacuum and clean any/all carpet(s)
(4) Clean all windows
(5) No trash shall be left behind; Do NOT leave garbage at the curb
(6) Empty & clean out the refrigerator 

it should be…CLOSE TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE
(1) All walls must be clean and the same color as before tenancy began (Unless Tenant has been given prior written permission from Landlord)
(2) Confirm all kitchen appliances are still in tact
(3) All light fixtures are to work properly with working light bulbs
(4) All electric is to work properly
(5) All plumbing is to be free of any leaks or blockages
(6) All heating is to be working properly
(7) All smoke alarm(s) and carbon monoxide alarm(s) shall be working properly

it should be…EMPTY
(1) Remove all of your personal possessions and belongings.

AND YOU SHOULD…
(1) Do the final walkthrough with your landlord so that you both are on the same page
(2) Be prepared to return ALL keys at the inspection
(3) Remove ALL utilities from your name AFTER the move-out inspection has been completed

FOR YOUR BENEFIT YOU SHOULD KNOW…
There are laws surrounding these deposits that the landlords must follow. They protect YOU, the tenant. 

In NY…
Security Deposit MAX = 1 month’s rent
Deposit Returned = within 14 days of the tenant’s move out

In PA…
Security Deposit MAX = 2 month’s rent (for the first year of lease only)
Deposit Returned = within 30 days of the tenant’s move out

If for some reason your entire deposit is not returned, your landlord is required to send you an itemized receipt stating exactly why part of your deposit was withheld, and how much it will cost to for them to fix any such damages or issues.  

Hope this helps you all in your rental endeavors!!

Please note, I am NOT an attorney, and any matters you have pertaining this subject should always be discussed with a legal professional. 
Happy Wednesday! 
Erin


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