You’ve signed your tenancy agreement and are moving in to your new rental home, it’s an exciting time and you’ve no doubt worked hard to get there. It can be a quite a substantial sum of money that you have handed over so be smart about it and think about how you can be best placed to recoup that money at the end of your tenancy agreement.
Wild parties might not be your style but even if you do have people over for Saturday night drinks it’s important to understand that your property needs to be kept in good condition for when you pass it back at the end of your contract.
To give you an idea of how many people lose money, Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students alone lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the last academic year. The service says that cleaning (63 per cent) is the common reason cited by agents and landlords claiming part of their tenants’ deposits, followed by damage to property (54 per cent), redecoration (37 per cent), rent arrears (23 per cent), gardening (16 per cent), replacing missing items (16 per cent) and paying outstanding bills (four per cent).
Obviously, students only make up a percentage of those that are renting in the UK, but it shows that you need to be vigilant as a tenant when renting a property so that you can reclaim that full deposit on checking out.
Drastically improve your chances of receiving your full deposit when leaving your property by taking certain steps and making sure that happens by being aware of your rights and responsibilities from the very start.
These are our helpful hints and tips for increasing your chances of reclaiming that full deposit: