9 ways to make sure you get your deposit back
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It’s something that we all dread when moving out at the beginning of summer – spending an entire day scrubbing the flat from top to bottom, before being told a week later that our deposit isn’t being returned, actually, because our mopping skills apparently just aren’t up to scratch. It’s a harsh reality of student housing, and a newly released survey has backed it up – according to tenants deposit protection scheme My Deposits, 78% of landlords and agents who have withheld deposit money did so to pay for cleaning after the tenant had left. Because most landlords/university residence officers are a very particularly brand of germ-sniffing sociopath, we’re up for doing everything we can to make the stealing of your deposit very, very difficult for them. The very good people at Oven Pride (experts at kitchen cleaning, or so we assume) have put together a list of tips to make sure you can fully battle through the year’s worth of grease and leave your once-grimy house sparkling as if brand new. Here are their tips, interspersed with a few of our own. 1. Be prepared - know what the landlord expects from you well in advance of your move out date and make a plan around this. 2. Get your roommates involved with the plan - each of you is responsible for the clean-up and if everyone is on the same page, there is no room for excuses. Stick it on the fridge as a gentle reminder. There is no room for shirkers if you want your deposit returned!
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