How to Get Back Your Security Deposit in Texas
On Average, 40 million American families move to a new home every year. And Texas is one of the top three states in the country with the highest amount of moves.
Moving is already stressful, but worrying about whether or not you’ll get your security deposit back can add a whole other level. We’ve put together this guide to show you how to get all that money back without the stress.
So let’s get started!
How to Get Every Penny of Your Security Deposit Back
When you move out of your rental, you aren’t responsible for any natural wear and tear that occurred during the time you lived there. But you are responsible for damage you or your guests caused.
So if you want to get every penny of your security deposit back, you have to make sure the rental looks as presentable as the day you moved in. This takes some time and a bit of work.
Here’s a step by step guide of what you need to do before and after you move.
1. Read Your Lease
Start by reading your lease. Find the clause about terminating and follow all the necessary requirements to a T.
2. Notify Your Landlord
Most landlords require a 30-day notice before your move (check your lease for the exact time frame as they can vary).
Write a short letter to your landlord to let them know your plan to move. You don’t have to explain your circumstances, but you can let them know if you’re moving because of unattended repairs, uninhabitable living conditions, or other problems that are the fault of the landlord.
Make sure that letter is in the landlord’s hands within the notification time frame. Include your new address and let them know you want them to send your security deposit to that address.
And always make a copy of your letter for yourself. If the landlord tries to claim they “never got the letter”, you’ll have proof you sent it.
3. Pay Last Month’s Rent
Don’t mistake your security deposit for the last month’s rent. Unless your landlord says otherwise, you’ll still have to pay your last month’s rent like usual.
4. Clean, Clean, and Clean Again
If you leave your rental in bad shape, such as with needed repairs or covered in dust and dirt, your landlord will use your security deposit to cover the cost of getting the rental ready for the next tenants.
That means you need to spend time cleaning the rental yourself.
Make any necessary repairs yourself. Clean the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, etc. And take all your belongings with your when you move.
Leaving an old piece of furniture behind won’t put your landlord in a charitable mood.
5. Return Your Keys
Many landlords will charge you a replacement fee for every key you don’t return to them.
Although simple, this step is easy to forget. After you finish moving, make sure you drop off your keys.
6. Follow up with the Landlord
If you don’t get your security deposit within the required time frame (which is 30 days in the state of Texas), write a followup letter to remind your landlord about your deposit.
If you still don’t hear anything back in the next week or two, you might have to file a civil suit against them.
Getting That Security Deposit Back in Texas
If you follow all these steps, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your security deposit back when moving to a new home in Texas. But if you have trouble, you shouldn’t hesitate to get legal help.
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