According to MA law, maintenance and repair is the responsibility of the landlord however, they are well within their rights to with-hold or make deductions to your security deposit for any damage you cause to the rental property. While items like appliances, carpets, kitchen countertops and tiles are bound to wear with use, any extraordinary damage caused by misuse will be at your expense.
Usually, your agent should provide you with a statement about the condition of the apartment. First Choice Realty uses this form as the statement of an apartment’s condition. Make sure you fill this form carefully.
During your tenancy, you will probably be cleaning your home regularly (hopefully) but cleaning is generally not enough. The appliances and other items provided by your landlord must also be taken care of so there is no damage resulting from neglect.
These simple tips should help you understand how to take care of your rental and get your deposit back when you leave.
Deal With Stains Immediately
So your child splattered ketchup over the kitchen tiles? Get a wet sponge and wipe it clean immediately. Don’t think I’ll clean it at cleaning time. Stains, no matter how small, if not cleaned immediately can become very difficult to remove so save yourself the trouble and do it now. Coffee or tea spills on the carpet, countertops, nicotine stains in the bathroom (from smoking, of course) and pet urine are some of the things you should deal with immediately. Damage caused by your misuse is liable to a deduction in your security deposit.
Try Not To Drill Holes
Painting walls can be quite expensive and if you drill too many holes in them, the landlord would have to get them painted to cover up these ugly spots. If you must drill holes, make sure you repair the damage before you leave.
Don’t Try DIY
In our experience, the most damage is caused by tenants who try to “fix” problems like filling holes in walls by themselves, painting, repairing electrical wires and outlets and even trying to repair bathroom fixtures. While DIY repair can save you money, unless you have experience, you will end up causing more damage than you started out with.
Deal With Maintenance Issues Promptly
Issues like a leaking pipe under the kitchen sink can lead to permanent damage like rotted cabinets, doors and floors.
Appliances and other items provided in your rental must be repaired as soon as you spot an issue. Notify your landlord (in writing) about anything that needs to be repaired and they should deal with it. Any damage caused by neglect will be your fault and guess what happens then? Yes, say goodbye to your security deposit.
Making sure your security deposit is safe just needs a bit of care, responsibility and promptness. We hope your rental experience is more positive following our tips.
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