When you rent a place to live, you provide the landlord with a security deposit. And if you didn’t damage anything, you should get that money back. Your security deposit is that giant wad of cash (or nice-sized check) your landlord took from you when you moved in. Your landlord, or whoever manages the property, is supposed to hold the money until you move out.
1. Don’t Rent From Jerks
Unfortunately, some landlords and even some professional management companies will try to unfairly hold on to your security deposit. The best way to get your security deposit back is to entrust it to a good landlord in the first place. In most states, landlords are required to keep that money separate from other accounts so they can return the deposit to their tenants when they move out.