With the end of the month—and likely the end of a few leases—coming up, we at Prudential Realty Company decided it’s time for some advice from the experts.
The question at hand this week: What can I do if my landlord won’t return my security deposit and gives no explanation?
The short answer: take legal action.
Chi Quach, assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments, explains that security deposits must be returned within 30 days of a tenant’s vacating the rented property, and any amounts withheld from the deposit must be explained.
Here are some reasons why your deposit might not be returned in full:
You’ve damaged the property beyond normal wear and tear (holes in the wall or floor, for example)
Your lease contained a clause regarding cleaning the property before vacating and you failed to do so
You failed to pay your rent and/or utilities, or you owe other outstanding charges
You haven’t returned the keys
Your landlord doesn’t have a forwarding address to which he/she can send the security deposit
This, of course, is not an exhaustive list, and you should be familiar with all the terms of your lease to ensure you don’t miss any important details such as these.
For legal and insurance (renter’s insurance is a must) purposes, it’s always a good idea to take plenty of pictures of your home. Use pictures to document the state of the apartment before you move in to avoid getting charged for existing damage. Have plenty of pictures of the place once you’ve moved in, particularly of valuables. For example, if a ceiling leak damages your TV, your insurance will need photographic evidence showing that your TV stood under the spot where your ceiling leaked. Upon moving out, take pictures of how you left the place. All this photographic evidence will be helpful should you run into problems of any kind, not just the return of your security deposit.
The smartest things you can do to protect yourself are:
Sign a clearly worded lease with a reputable realtor or realty company
Read everything and know the terms of your lease
Get renter’s insurance
If you’re looking to rent in the Pittsburgh area, check out Prudential Realty Company’s website and contact us about our current availability.
Those with verifiable internships in the Pittsburgh area who need a minimum 4 month lease for the duration of their internship need look no further than Alvern Gardens Apartments. The affordable yet spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are ideal for summer interns looking for a short-term lease.
Interns can chill by the pool in their downtime, or ride the T downtown for fun in the city’s Cultural District, Point State Park, and Market Square. The T also goes to nearby shopping areas, like South Hills Village Mall.
There’s plenty of free parking, so bringing a car to the city is no trouble at all. Shopping and restaurants are just a quick drive away. Nature or golf lovers can take advantage of South Park, right down the road.
The convenient on-site laundry facilities and extra storage will make for a hassle-free summer.
Interns looking for short-term housing in the Pittsburgh area are welcome to contact the leasing office at 412-561-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule a tour.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is playing through Dec. 29 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The theater is just a short walk from the T’s Wood Street Station. Alvern Gardens residents live just a block from St. Anne’s T stop, and Place Seville is walking distance from the Red Line’s Overbrook Junction.
The 20th Highmark First Night kicks off at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, just a 26-minute T ride from several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills, like Alvern Gardens Apartments and Place Seville.
Alvern Gardens is a cat friendly apartment building in Pittsburgh, PA. We have a variety of apartments available for you and your cats.
For an additional completely refundable $250 security deposit per cat, residents of Alvern Gardens Apartments in Castle Shannon can have up to two spayed/neutered indoor cats.
There are no additional monthly feels to worry about, and with spacious floor plans at great prices, there’s plenty of room for the critters to roam.
With 12 veterinary clinics and animal hospitals—some of them open 24 hours—within a 4-mile radius of their community, Alvern Gardens residents don’t have to go far to get great healthcare for their cats, including medical emergencies.