Your Rental Deposit Returned in Three Steps

Renting an apartment or any type of residence is relatively simple. You discover a vacant unit, call to arrange a showing, fill out a rental application, sign and write a check for the deposit -- and you're in!

But the moving out process can be more stressful or difficult. Personal experience leads me to propose a simple three-step strategy that nearly always guarantees your deposit is returned – even if you have to take your case to court.

This three-step strategy is an important part of the lease arrangement and requires only a modicum of planning. You will need the following items: