Planning Your Big Move? 5 Tips to Ensure You Keep Your Deposit

When it’s time to move out, getting your security deposit back is one of the most important matters to discuss with your landlord. A landlord can make reasonable deductions to cover losses from your rental. However, with a bit of work it is often a tempting opportunity to keep the deposit for a new carpet or remodelling in your next place. 

To help you get your hard-earned deposit back, we’ve listed down a few tips to help you receive what is yours.

Deep Cleaning

Before you leave the rental, go through a deep cleaning process to remove anycarpet stains, fix loose hinges, repaint the walls, and clean all the surfaces on the final walk through before you take pictures of the unit. It should look in as good a condition as it did when you arrived. If you want to save time, then consider getting a cleaner to come in for a one-off visit. 

Take Photographs

Before you move in, make sure to take photos of each room and space before the furniture is moved in. Even without the before images, you can still take photos of the place when you leave. This will ensure that you have proof of how the rental looks after you’ve moved out.

Report All Necessary Repairs

While it is essential to fix the general wear and tearthat is described in the tenancy agreement, it is up to the landlord to decide on what is reasonable and what is dilapidated. Therefore, you must report any required repairs to any appliances that were damaged by you. Following this responsibility will put you in a better relationship with your landlord.

Request a Final Walk-through

Before you leave the flat, ask your landlord to inspect the space with you. However, keep in mind that not all landlords will choose to do a walk-through as they prefer to do it alone and on their own time. 

Review the Tenancy Agreement                                                                                

Read through your deposit and ensure that it is held in atenancy deposit scheme (TDP). There are three schemes in England and Wales as well as in Scotland and Northern Ireland where the deposit must be held in a Client Monies Account. This will give both you and the landlord peace of mind about where the money is located.


It is important to spend time caring for and maintaining the property while you're living in it to minimise the amount that will need to be done prior to moving out. However, even if you've left some jobs until the last minute, if you spend some time paying attention to detail, then there's every hope that you'llreceive your deposit backin full when it's time to move out.