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8 Hacks to Get Your Tenancy Deposits Refunded

8 Hacks to Get Your Tenancy Deposits Refunded

Proper End of Tenancy Cleaning Guarantees Your Deposit Refunds

Many good property owners expect their property to be returned in the best hygienic state it was given out. Also, they understand that their property has been used for many years and is due for its tears and wears. However, there could be others who no matter how long their property has existed, they expect it remains ever brand new as it was when newly built and never agreeing to wears and tears. These property owners are ready to push little issues about wears and tears on their property to any length “legality and beyond” just to get you over billed. As if they expects you never to touch anything while using the property.

Is there a possibility to know which one of these landlords understands the use of their property and its depreciation value with age? Well, I don’t think it’s worth the stress finding out which landlord is understanding or which is not. So, if you desire to have your tenancy deposit refunded, there is need to return the property in the best way possible as it was let out and just in case, get some evidence.

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1. Keep check in records.

Just with time, it’s likely you will forget the status of the property when you moved in. It is very important that the wears and tears on the property like wall stains (scuff marks) before moving in are documented and signed by you and the property owner as fast as possible. With this, you won’t be charged for any existing property wears and tears when your tenancy period ends. also, keeping check-in records will help save many issues about electricity, waste disposal, if any surfaces need special cleaning and more.

2. Taking photographs.

It will be amazing that your camera is a strong a weapon when issues arises. While moving in or out, make sure to photograph the each you as you meet it or left it. In case any issue comes up, the photograph indeed can never be wrong unless it’s showing entirely another property. It’s also advisable to take dated photographs or labeled photographs immediately as you arrive at this property and never forget to send them along with the check in records. Keep your own copies, too.

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3. Invite the property owner and walk him around.

While moving in, it’s sure your landlord will walk you around the property for inspection and records before signing the agreement documents. Still, it’s very important to ask the landlord around and walk him through the property both interior and exterior to attest the status of the property before finally moving out and if possible, he may come around with a potential tenant wishing to take the property over from you if there is already one. The landlord can use this as an opportunity to point out anything he is not OK with regarding the property status and you settle it the best way to avoid issues with your deposit refund. Use the check-in record as a guide. Interestingly, the potential tenant could act as a witness to this inspection.

4. End of tenancy cleaning.

At the most, this is where major issues arise and everything we have said this far all has a link to this. Interesting to know that over 55% of deposit issues comes from non-satisfactory cleaning by the tenant. Landlords often use this as opportunity to withhold your deposit and you have to be very careful how this is done. To be sure of your deposit refund, it’s advisable to contact an end of tenancy cleaning company for their service if you don’t have enough time left to do it or it appears too stressful for you.

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However you chose to do this, either cleaning yourself or requiring the service of professional end of tenancy cleaning company is your choice and not the landlords’. The landlord can’t force you to use a particular cleaning company for the cleaning. It is good to let him know however you wish to do your cleaning, but know this well that it’s solely your decision. If you chose to do it yourself, this simple steps should guide your alongside your check-in records.

5. Remember the hidden areas.

This is especially important if you chose to do your cleaning yourself. It is very easy to become used to your environment and never noticing areas where dirt could accumulate but the landlord will be sure to notice these areas on inspection. To ensure you do this to its best, it’s helpful to assume it’s your first time in the environments and you’re making sure it’s safe for your habitation, so you have to make sure you look around properly.

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Asking friends for help might be of great help while they act as the landlord passing judgment on your work if it’s satisfactory or not. Ask them to be fair and serious enough because it will be of great help. Inspect where normally you hardly look like on top the refrigerator, the top corners of the room, etc. Check and unblock all plugholes.

7. Be paranoid.

Just because your landlord seems nice to you or often compliment you on how great you keep this property, doesn’t mean they will keep that nice manly attitude at the end of the year of your tenancy period. If perhaps you are renting for the first time, ask those who have had such experience and they will have much to tell you about this.

8. Don’t forget the tenancy dispute service.

No matter how smart or careful you may be, chances may have it that issues arise. There could always be broken promises and a huge sum of completely illegal charges on the deposits at the end of the rental period or end of tenancy is demanded. No matter how right you are, there might be a need to settle issues with tenancy dispute service and both will be asked to submit all evidences at the moment. Remember, keeping records becomes very useful here and you certainly will be able to claim all your deposits back if evidences are in your favor.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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