Moving Out? Get Your Deposit Back with This Checklist


The end of summer is a time of change. Summer jobs are ending, vacations are over, and students are heading off to school.

At CU Boulder, the streets are packed with moving trucks and furniture-strapped cars in search of a new place to live. And moving into a new place inevitably means moving out of an old one. 

If you’re on the way out of a rental property, you almost definitely have at least a month’s-worth of rent tied up in a “security deposit” (or more: in Colorado there’s no legal limit to how much a deposit a landlord can require).

The purpose of your deposit is to protect the landlord in case you cause damage to the property, fail to pay rent, or leave the place in need of intensive cleaning. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you give your whole place a thorough cleaning to make sure you get your deposit back.

It’s best to take care of the clean-up yourself with this checklist and move on with your deposit where it belongs: in your pocket.

Our “Get-Your-Deposit-Back” Checklist