ROADMAP: Getting Your Security Deposit Back in Vermont

Clean Up & Move Out

When you are ready to move out, make sure to remove all your belongings and trash from the home. You do not need to pay a professional cleaner, but the home should be “broom clean.” Sweep or vacuum before you leave. Leave the home as clean as it was when you moved in.

Ask your landlord to inspect your home with you. This way you will know about any possible problems the landlord may bring up when you ask for your deposit back.

Remember, you are only responsible for damage to the home beyond “beyond normal wear and tear.”

Whether or not your landlord joins you, walk through the home and take pictures and notes. You can have someone else with you as a witness. Be sure to have a witness if your landlord doesn't join you.

Write a letter to your landlord to tell them the date that you moved out. Give them the address where they can send your security deposit. Keep a copy of the letter.

Updated: Feb 10, 2021