How to Get Your Rental Deposit Back

I’d like to think that most landlords are ethical people that aren’t trying to squeeze every penny out of tenants, and many are. Every once in a while, though, a landlord comes along that will keep your security deposit no matter what you try to do, or how hard and well you clean the place that you are moving out of.

Getting a security deposit back after you’ve already left a place is really hard to do. You may have to bring your landlord to small claims court if that person refuses a refund. But know that you will need to bring proof with you, and lines at small claims courts can be long and tiresome. If you’re moving to Boulder or moving to Fort Collins and haven’t yet signed that lease agreement, here’s what you need to do beforehand to ensure that you will get a security deposit back when you move out.

  • Create a list of the rooms inside of your new place, and place a comment next to each room detailing the state of the room as you find it. In most states, landlords should hand these checklists out to tenants, but few do, so it’s up to you to make your own list.
  • Document it: take photos of each room with your phone, and upload those photos to a file that you can easily access at a later time. Make sure to snap pictures of anything that’s not in good shape, so that you can easily point to those things when you move out.
  • Research the landlord or company that you will be renting from. The Internet is a great place because it gives everyone the chance to completely research anyone else. Find out if there are any complaints against a landlord or rental company, and look at the Better Business Bureau rating for a rental company if applicable. Should you shy away from a list of really bad reviews even if the apartment that you found is cheap? Yes!
  • Read your lease carefully. Before moving to Boulder or moving to Fort Collins, go over the lease that your new landlord sends to you critically. Does the lease state that you will get a security deposit back, or is that deposit non-refundable? Are there any other details or parts of the lease that you don’t agree with? Find the time to speak with your landlord about every single detail in a lease, so that you aren’t left with any surprises when you do move.
  • Go on a walk-through with a landlord or with the person in charge of maintenance for the building. Point out everything that’s wrong with a place, and ask the person you’re working with to initial and agree to the things that you have an issue with. This way, you’ve thoroughly documented everything that you could later be blamed for.

Moving to Fort Collins or Moving to Boulder

Once you have signed the lease and arrived at your destination, there are a few things that you have to do as a tenant to ensure that you always get your money’s worth.

  • Keep things nice and tidy. If you put holes in the walls, realize that you will have to patch those up before you move out. If you have carpeting in your new home, do not let anyone wear shoes inside your house, and clean any stains as soon as they happen.
  • Sometimes getting a landlord to repair anything is a nightmare. If you have to cough up cash for your own repairs, take a photo of the before and after, and send your landlord the bill right away — whether or not you can deduct these amounts from your rent depends on the law where you live, so make sure to look into those details before deducting anything. The point of sending your landlord the bill and photos is that you can later show good faith if you can’t get a rental deposit back (take photos of all bills too).

When it’s time to leave your old or new place, go through every room in the apartment and take more photos. You can never have enough photos, and with apps like Dropbox it’s really easy to store everything that you need to keep for a long time. The goal of renting is to live in harmony, live in a good place with a low rent, and get your deposit back when you do move. Follow these tips for a sure thing when it comes to that deposit refund!

Document Storage and HIPPA

AAFJ001047With so many opinions, regulations and general paranoia’s about document storage around these days, it can be hard to know what to do. The term compliance can strike fear in the hearts of many, regardless of their industry. But specifically, the health care and financial industries seem to have it the hardest when it comes to backing up their data and creating a world of systems that insures proper maintenance and availability.

At Exodus, we understand that it is not only important to follow the law but to design an organized and efficient world for yourself, your employees and your customers. In most cases, it is advised to have both an archived electronic version of confidential records as well as a physical copy. And as a general rule, it is suggested for both space and security to store these physical documents separately from the place where the work is being done. For this reason we offer constantly monitored, totally secured, climate controlled storage for all your professional document storage needs.

Non compliance is a serious issue and can level some pretty serious fees. In order to avoid this type of legal breakdown its important to ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have tried and tested policies in place for data storage?

What is your current system to protect confidential information such as client and human resource files?

How do you insure that your documents are well maintained and not easily compromised?

If a legal situation occurred would you be able to provide the complete information needed quickly?

The Law: HIPPA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed in 1996. This privacy policy mandates how personal health information must be collected, handled and stored.

Who it’s for: HIPPA effects companies and individuals alike but specifically requires health care services to carefully monitor the way they transmit confidential information between sources and carriers.

Storage Guidelines: HIPPA requires that organizations retain long term patient information and records in a secure environment with limited access in an offsite location.

Noncompliance Penalty: Every state is different but disregarding this act and the provisions therein could produce fines of up to $250k per incident and up to 10 years in prison.

http://www.hipaa.org/

Defining Your Distance

All moves are not created equal. This is an important concept that every professional mover is all too aware of. There are household moves and commercial moves. There are local moves and international moves. And as mentioned in previous blogs, it is vastly important to understand all the terminology that might be used in the wording of your moving contract. The following are terms that have to do with how far you want your moving company to take you.

LONG CARRY

An important thing to understand about your move is exactly how accessible your entrances and exits are to the large moving trucks that your company will be using. You can always measure this yourself or find out from your real estate agent. A Long Carry charge is the fee added when your movers have to carry items an “excessive distance” between the truck and their final destination. If there is no driveway access or temporary parking is unavailable on your street, you may incur fees that you weren’t expecting. It is important to check with each company to find out exactly what their allowance is in distance before they start to charge a Long Carry fee.

OPERATING AUTHORITY

The Operating Authority is the name given to a certification officially administered by either the state or national government. This regulatory documentation authorizes professional movers to transfer goods from one place to another and is usually defined to a specific geographical area or region. While there are 4 main kinds of Operating Authorities, it is most vital to make sure that your preferred mover is licensed to move your home of office from point A to point B. This becomes especially important for long distance moves where you will be crossing state or national lines. Asking questions about this kind of regulation on the front end, can not only help you to select an appropriate mover, but can help you to avoid extra charges and complications during your actual move.

Rocky Mountain National Park Welcomes You and Your Gun

Rocky Mountain National ParkIt goes back as far as 1936, where a law stated the ban on firearms in national parks, declaring such parks and monuments to being sanctuaries for wildlife. However starting today, bringing your gun to Rocky Mountain National Park will be legal. In national parks nationwide, a provision in a 2009 federal credit card reform law drops the decades-old ban on carrying loaded guns — including semiautomatic weapons. The National Park Service from now on will adjourn to state law when deciding what guns can be carried into a national park, and Colorado among other states has determined this to be officially authorized.

“Firearms prohibited” signs are coming down soon and the rangers of the National Park Service will be trained on making sure they understand what kinds of firearms are allowed. In case you are a hunter, you should know that hunting within the national park will remain illegal and you cannot carry your firearms into federal buildings including the park visitor centers.

Rocky Mountain National Park Chief Ranger Mark Magnuson says “we’ll welcome (gun owners) as we would any park visitor” in response to visitors going to the park with their firearms today.

To read the full story, visit Coloradoan.com. What are your thoughts on this new Colorado law?

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