No one looks forward to moving day, but it’s almost as inevitable as death and taxes. If you’re planning a move, the kindest thing you can do for yourself, your roommates, and your furry friends is to try to lighten up. It helps to be organized, and start early! Even if you’re also juggling finals and goodbye parties, do one moving task a day beginning up to six weeks before your move.
When you get ready to move out, you should give your landlord a written copy of your forwarding address to have a chance to get your deposit back. It is always better to supply a local address to your landlord.
Your forwarding address can be the address of your attorney/lawyer, family member, or someone else acting as your agent. Always leave the place clean and personally return the keys. The landlord may be able to charge you for each day that you have the keys. Take pictures or videotape, have witnesses walk through the place, and ask the landlord or manager to walk through as proof of the condition of the dwelling when you left.
Ask the landlord if there is any damage she plans to charge to you. Make a list of the damages, and get the landlord to sign the list. You have the right to repair or remedy these things yourself. If you disagree with the landlord, try to calmly negotiate in person and in writing.