10 steps to ensure tenants get their deposits back

An interiors company claims a 10 point guide for private tenants will ensure they get all of their deposit back when they check out.

Runrug claims four out of 10 tenancy deposits are not dealt with correctly by landlords or agents – with problems ranging from the funds not being protected properly, through to slow repayment to tenants after check out, or the landlord not providing all the appropriate information to the renter.

Runrug describes its checklist as “an important takeaway for tenants” and says it is “designed to help ensure that a landlord cannot deduct unreasonable costs from a deposit once a tenancy has ended.”

10 steps are:

1. Quick Paint Job: “Touch up the paint wherever possible and fill in any holes you’ve made when hanging pictures” says Runrug;

2. Replace Lightbulbs: “Replace any missing light bulbs in the property”;

3. Replace Any Missing Keys: “If you’ve lost any spare house/garage/shed or posted keys get them recut before moving out”;

4. Replace Any Broken Items: “If your tenancy came with items in the property like plates or cutlery ensure anything broken is replaced. You move-out inventory should match the move-in one”;

5. Leave Your Flat In A ‘Domestically’ Clean Condition: “Focus on things like the oven and microwave, inside the washing machine and any mould or mildew in the bathroom”;

6. Take Out The Rubbish: “Make sure the bins are left empty, tidy and clean to avoid any bacterial or nasty smells”;

7. Clean Your Friday/Defrost The Freezer: “If your property came with a fridge/freezer make sure they are both cleaned thoroughly and the freezer is defrosted”;

8. Make It Smell Nice – Spray Your Soft Furnishings: “Remove any lingering smells from soft furnishings. Bicarbonate of soda is a good natural scent eliminator”;

9. Spruce Your Communal Areas Up Together: “If you have housemates and a joint tenancy agreement you are ALL liable for the overall condition of a property – ensure communal areas are in good shape before moving out”;

10. Send Your Wireless Router Back To Your Supplier: “Remove your wireless router and send it back – easy to forget but you will be charged for it”. 

Written by: Houseladder