Checklist for Moving Out
Make sure you give reasonable notice to your apartment manager/landlord if you plan to move out of your apartment. See tips below on how to get your deposit back when you move out.
- Know the date the lease ends and what date you have to renew your lease if you want to stay. The landlord can rent your apartment if you do not renew by the renew date of your present lease.
- Find out what is required of you when you move out. Do you need to clean the carpet or paint the walls?
- Prepare to move at least a month before your lease is up.
- Moving materials you will need:
- Boxes (paper and plastic)
- Newspapers and plastic wrap for packing
- Moving blankets
- Cleaning supplies
- Vacuum cleaner and materials to repair holes in walls from pictures, etc.
- Do you need a truck or can you move your belongings in your car. If you require a truck, remember to call and reserve the truck in advance.
- If you want to hire a mover, check with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org if you do not know or have experience with the moving company.
- Ask family and friends to help you move.
- When you have moved all your belongings out of the apartment take pictures or a video of the empty apartment.
- Ask managementto complete a walk through with you. Discuss any issues or damages that could keep you from getting your deposit back.
- Thoroughly clean the apartment when you move out. Ask management if they have a checklist outlining the cleaning they expect you to do.
- Have the landlord sign and date your completed checklist. Use an impartial witness if the landlord is not available or refuses your request for a walkthrough.
- Ask managementfor the specific date you should receive your deposit refund.
- Give your new mailing address to the landlord/apartment managerin case he/she has questions after you have moved out A landlord has 15 days after termination of the lease to return the security deposit or send a notice by certified mail stating how much is going to be deducted from the deposit and why. You must object to the deduction in writing within 15 days of your receipt of the notice or the deductions are authorized. If the notice is not postmarked within 15 days, the landlord forfeits the security deposit.
- If you damaged the premises, the landlord can sue youeven when the 15-day notice is not given.Because the landlord can also get court costs and attorney’s fees, you should consult an attorney before filing any lawsuits.