5 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

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Author's Note: 5 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

As someone who has been both a renter and a landlord (being a landlord exposes you to a whole lot more crazy than being a renter, trust me), you'd think the tips in this article would be second nature. You'd be wrong. I've lost a ton of money on security deposits. Some I lost because I went ahead and let my cat destroy the blinds in my rented bedroom, others because I simply didn't know my rights and let an unscrupulous landlord walk all over me. As a landlord, I've lost money by not documenting the property condition well before people moved in and letting tenants walk all over me. (There's another theme). After researching and writing this, however, I realized that it doesn't have to be that way. Tenants and landlords can work together, document issues, return security deposits and sit around a campfire singing "Kumbaya." It's not necessarily world peace, but it's a step in the right direction.

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  • Fulmer, Melinda. "Renters: Get Back Your Security Deposit." MSN Real Estate. (June 20, 2012) http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13108376
  • Karim, Andrea. "20 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back." WiseBread.com. April 15, 2007. (June 20, 2012) http://www.wisebread.com/20-tips-for-getting-your-security-deposit-back
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  • Tata, Jessica. "How To: Get Back Your Security Deposit." Apartment Therapy. Aug. 19, 2011. (June 20, 2012) http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/getting-back-your-security-dep-154171

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