Here are some tips to ensure that your Damage Deposit is refunded in full at the end of your lease . . .
The basic rule of thumb is . . .
Leave the property in the condition you found it and pay your rental on time and your deposit will be refunded.
Put yourself in the position of the Landlord and treat the property as your own and you should have no issues.
The damage deposit is the landlord's security against any damage you may do to the property during the term of your lease – and, in terms of our lease agreement, may also be used to offset any outstanding rental costs and fees that are due.
If you adhere to the terms and conditions of your lease and fulfill your lease obligations, then should be no reason to be concerned about deductions from your damage deposit.
The nature of most damage deposit disputes relate to damage to the property that the landlord, or rental agent, alleges arose during the course of the lease – while the tenant insists the issue already existed.
Once the report has been completed be sure to sign it off. This same inspection process is repeated by landlord (or his agent) and the tenant at the end of the lease once the tenant moves out – so any new issues will be identified.
Our lease agreement puts the responsibility of maintaining the property squarely on your shoulders as the tenant - in particular, all breakages or damage, with the exception only of “fair wear and tear”. If something breaks during a lease you are liable - unless it can be proved that the item failed or broke due to wear due to normal use and there is no negligence or abuse.
It you puts nails or picture hangers on a wall these have to be removed and the wall properly filled and painted to match the other walls. Often this means repainting the entire room.
Our lease also requires that carpets are professionally cleaned at the end of the lease.
We find that gardens are often a big issue. You are responsible for maintaining and watering the garden during the lease.Dead plants and grass need to be replaced at the your cost if it is evident the garden was not cared for.
It's important that if damage of any nature arises during a lease you report this immediately to your agent so that it can be dealt with. If you fail to report this and further damage occurs, the secondary damage could also be for the tenants’ account.