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Alice, Help Me Get My Deposit Back When I Move — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 25, 2015 01:06 AM
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by Ask Alice last modified Feb 24, 2015

Hi Alice! After living in an apartment I've loved for three years, I've decided that when my lease is up in May I'll be moving out, finally giving in to the reality that it's not big enough for me and my boyfriend to live comfortably long term. Here's the question: starting in November of last year, both the units below mine (it's a six-unit section of a building with 24 units total) were vacant and over the past three months were gutted. They went down to studs in some sections, laid new flooring, repaired plumbing, ripped out and rebuilt closets, whole nine yards. The building is at least 80 years old, and these are all good, necessary updates. Normally when I move out I go through the repair list to get my security deposit back: fill nail holes, paint some primer, clean the whole place up...basically leave it in the state I found it (or better). But my super said they'll probably be redoing my unit like the others and more than that, when I moved in the timing was off and they didn't repaint the place so I did it myself (my super was aware). When I tell them I won't be renewing my lease, would it be wise to ask them what their expectations are? I honestly don't feel like spending a weekend putting up primer if they're just going to rip the walls down. Thanks, Moving On Up READ MORE »






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