Tenants who are in the process of moving from one home to the next have a lot of details to juggle. It’s hard to stay organized – we get it. That’s why we’ve made the move-out process as simple and easy to follow as possible.
One of the questions our tenants frequently ask is: How do I get my security deposit back?
At Safeguard Property Management, there is a nonrefundable portion of the security deposit that we use for carpet and floor cleaning. You’ll receive the refundable portion of your deposit within 30 days of moving out. If we withhold any money to cover the costs of damages or cleaning, we’ll let you know.
Here are some simple tips that will help you receive a full refund of that portion of your deposit.
1. Provide a Forwarding Address
Make sure we have your new address. Utah law requires us to send the deposit to the last known address for our tenants. If we don’t have a new address for you, the deposit will only be sent to the address we have on file. That might delay the receipt of your money.
2. Check Your Lease and Follow Instructions
We provide some easy move-out instructions in our lease agreement, and we’ll also send you a reminder about what you need to do before vacating the property.
Take all of these instructions to heart and make sure you are leaving the property in a clean, functional condition that makes it easy for us to re-rent the home to a new tenant. Most security deposit deductions can easily be avoided. Read your lease so you’ll know what’s required. Contact us if you’re unsure of something or if you have any questions.
3. Compare the Condition Now to Move-In Condition
At the beginning of the lease period, we provided you with a move-in condition report and we gave you the opportunity to note any imperfections or damages that you didn’t want to be held accountable for. Review that inspection report before you move out of the property. When the condition of the home at move-out is the same as the condition of the home at move-in, you have a good chance of getting your full security deposit back.
Make sure the home is clean and everything is working. If you made any changes, make sure you change those things back. For example, if you received permission to paint a wall, you’ll need to return the wall to the original paint color before you leave.
4. Communicate with Your Sandy Property Managers
Keeping the lines of communication open with your property management team is more important than ever when you’re moving out and hoping to have your security deposit returned. Talk to us about any questions you have as you’re packing up and cleaning out. If you’re worried about some slight paint chips in the wall, reach out to us. We can help you find a solution that protects your security deposit and the property that we need to re-rent.
We wish you luck in whatever comes next, and we thank you for leasing one of our Sandy rental homes. If you have any questions, please contact us at Safeguard Property Management.
Safeguard is recognized as a leader in Salt Lake City property management. We provide residential rental management services to owners of single-family homes, townhouses, condos and duplexes throughout Salt Lake County and the northern portion of Utah County.