Getting your security deposit back can be uncharted territory, particularly for first-time renters. Sure, you might have forgotten about that money after a year or two, but deposits are typically a nice “chunk of change” so it makes sense to try and get it back. Here are a few tips.
Document everything: whenever there is an issue with your apartment and maintenance needs to be involved, document as much as possible. Take before and after pictures and save them for your records.
Ask the landlord: the most straightforward way to figure out how to get a deposit back is to ask your landlord what needs to be done in order to receive a full deposit.
Spackle and paint: patch up any holes are cracks in the wall that you may have cause. Typically, small nail holes will not impact getting your deposit back. But do patch up large holes.