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When you move into a new place, you usually have to put down a security deposit as collateral to protect the landlord – in case you accidentally (or purposefully) violate any lease rules. When it’s time to move and get your money back, this might be tricky if you haven’t exactly been the most obedient tenant. Maybe you’ve had a guest who was only supposed to stay on your couch for a few days but has now become a permanent fixture on your couch. Or perhaps you forgot that painting the whole living room with all the colors of the crayon box didn’t fall under the category of “just adding a personal touch.” Whatever it is, it’s critical that you restore the place back to its original state to avoid losing your deposit.

Securing Your Security Deposit
How to Protect Your Security Deposit

There are also steps to take when you first move into a new place, including taking pictures of your leased home right after moving in. This serves as proof of the home’s condition prior to your stay there, in case the landlord attempts to blame you for damages that were already present. Beyond that, you really just want to follow the lease rules as best you can. Sure, rules were made to be broken – but that only applies to punk rock bands, and your landlord is just a fan at most. For more tips, watch our video!

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