There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.

  —Rosalynn Carter

When You Vacate a Rental

When vacating a rental, it is always a good idea to leave it in the same condition it was when you first moved in. This will help you to get your security deposit back and also help you to build good rental history. Here are some other things to think about when moving out:

  • You have a right to a pre-move-out inspection or “walk-through” and your landlord must offer you one. During this inspection, the landlord can inspect the rental unit to identify conditions that could justify deductions in the security deposit. This gives the tenants the opportunity to address issues before vacating the rental.
  • Be sure to provide a forwarding address to the post office and your landlord, and return the keys.
  • Your deposit should be returned within 21 days and any deductions should be itemized. Receipts should be provided.
  • Be sure to turn off any utilities that you are responsible for.

Disposing of Unwanted Furniture

Dispose of any unwanted furniture properly by doing one of the following:

  1. ​Contacting Trash Services to find out what pick-up services they are offering for bulky items
    (805) 543-0875
  2. Donate to Good Will  (805) 544-4965
  3. Donate to Habitat for Humanity (805) 546-8699
  4. Talk to your landlord about other options

Do not burn any unwanted furniture! It is illegal and you can be charged with a felony!

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