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Founded in 1972, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has offered services in the greater Calgary real estate market for more than 35 years.

When you move out of a rental, the best way to regain your security deposit is to leave the property in as good or better condition than when you first moved in.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd operates in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, managing multiple rental properties throughout the region, including single-family housing and apartment buildings. For more than 35 years, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd’s team has collaborated with property owners and renters throughout the leasing process, from an initial walk-through to beyond a final inspection. With that experience, the team offers the following tips for retrieving your security deposit.

1. The first step in securing a property begins on your initial walk-through. Always inspect the unit carefully before moving in, and record any defects on an inspection sheet signed by you and the property manager. Taking pictures of problems can help document pre-existing damage.

2. While living in the rental, stay ahead of normal repairs. Contact your property manager as soon as you discover an issue so your landlord can repair the problem before it leads to greater damage. If you fail to promptly report concerns, you may be held liable for damage due to lack of repairs.

3. Follow your landlord’s guidelines regarding painting and/or hanging art. Heed pet stipulations, as well.

4. While some “wear and tear” is normal, make a good faith effort to repair items, such as broken fixtures, excessive nail holes, and other damage you may have caused while living there.

5. When moving out, clean the property thoroughly. Leave the unit “move-in ready” by making sure to thoroughly scrub the space. Do not forget to clean appliances, such as the oven.

6. Just as you perform a walk-through with the landlord when you move in, do so when departing, as well.

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