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Tenants Deposit Deductions Get your deposit money back

Cleaning is leading cause of deposit deductions. Most rental properties require a deposit - the funds that will return to you when you move out. However, these funds may not find their way back to you if the home that you vacate at the end of the tenancy requires serious cleaning.

You will have been careful not to cause any damage, but if you leave the property dirty, the landlord will attempt to deduct the cleaning service cost from your deposit. Here you can find our tips on how to make sure you get your deposit money back.

Allow yourself enough time to clean thoroughly. Do items which require time such as oven, bathroom before the actual move. Don't leave heavy cleaning until moving day. Moving does stir up dirt so don't send all of your cleaning supplies ahead to the new home!

Clean only after you have removed all your stuff because makes it easier and faster.

Start with the bathrooms. Bathrooms are usually the hardest to clean and the most common reason for deductions on the security deposit. Clean the shower walls, the bathtub, the toilet bowl, the mirrors and the bathroom floor with special cleaners.

Clean out the kitchen. Open all the kitchen cupboards and wipe down all the shelves. Use a grease-cutting cleaner to wipe down the range hood, stove, backsplash and countertops. Use a mild dishwashing detergent solution to wipe down the outsides of the microwave, oven and dishwasher. Clean the kitchen sink, fixtures, area under the sink and kitchen floor.

Don't forget the refrigerator and freezer. Take everything out and wipe down the shelves, drawers and walls. Use a mild dishwashing detergent to wipe down the exterior and remember to clean the top of the unit which can to be dusty and grimy.

Clean the bedrooms and living areas. These areas would normally be carpeted and require just a good vacuuming. If there are some spots, use spot cleaning with carpet cleaning solutions. For a really good carpet cleaning, consider renting a steam cleaner from the supermarket or home improvement store. Wash windows, window sills and curtains.

Wipe all woodwork. Remove fingerprints from light switch plates, door frames and walls in heavy traffic areas. Wipe out all drawers and cupboards. Thoroughly clean counter tops.

Take out all the rubbish and cleaning gear away from the property.

If you succeed in making the apartment look as clean as it was the day you moved in, then there would be no reason for the leasing office to deduct anything from your security deposit.

Good luck