Your security deposit will be
sent within (30) thirty days after the expiration of your lease agreement
pursuant to the Ohio Lease Law. We mail the Deposit Return to the address
that you provide to us on your
Intent to Vacate form. If we are not given a
forwarding address, the deposit is mailed back to the old address in which
you lived in hopes that you forwarded your address through the U.S postal
service. Enclosed with the check is a detailed itemization of any and all
deductions against your Security Deposit. We issue one check per unit made
payable to the primary tenant. In order to receive credit for your door and
mailbox keys, you must return them to the NorthSteppe Realty, Inc. office
within 24 hours of your lease expiration date. Before cleaning your
apartment, please read this and follow it. In order not to be charged for
an item of cleaning, it should be ready for the new residents! People expect
a newly cleaned apartment when they move in and that is why we demand the
same when you move out. At move in, tenants are given a move in damage
sheet with which they are to document all apartment damages. Any damages
not documented on the damage sheet, the tenant will be deemed responsible
for and charged. Failing to clean, and damages to the rental unit are the
two main reasons tenants receive deductions from their Security Deposit.
This memo is designed to help you minimize deductions from your security
Carpet Cleaning - The
carpets in your unit are to be professionally cleaned prior to your lease
expiration pursuant to you lease agreement. You will be charged on a per
room basis for carpet cleaning and/or replacement. These charges are
outlined in your lease agreement.
Walls – We consider
normal wear and tear on paint after a year should require no more than light
touch up paint. If you have lived in the same unit for more than one year,
this will be taken into account. However, if your walls are abnormally
marked up when you vacate your unit, you will have to pay for NorthSteppe
Realty, Inc. to paint per your lease agreement. You will be charged for
walls that have holes, glue residual, black marks, scratches, and grime.
You will receive a per wall charge. You will be charged for removal of
adhesive residue from any wall or trim surface. Rooms with thumb tacks or
nail holes in excessive numbers will result in a spackling charge.
Fireplace - Tenants are
responsible to clean their fireplace. A clean fireplace has been thoroughly
vacuumed and all surfaces wiped clean with a wet rag. These surfaces include
all walls in the fireplace chamber, the grate, the screen, the metal ledge
facing the living room and the hearth. Tenants will be charged for
fireplaces that are damaged or dirty after the tenant vacates.
Kitchens - Cleaning the
kitchens is very important. Cleaning the food splatters off the wood
paneling and walls, ceramic tile and countertops, the doors to the pantry,
furnace room doors, other doors in and near the kitchen, the baseboards, toe
kicks under the appliances, and cabinets. Scrub the floors clean. The
floors should be clean to the touch and not sticky. Wash the food splatters
and spills from the walls. Clean out the pantry and shelving in the pantry.
Appliances are a MUST, stove tops, oven, microwave, and refrigerators are
all to be clean of food spills and spatters and have necessary drawers,
knobs, and buttons in working condition.
Bathroom - Take a
toothbrush or other small brush and clean shower door tracks as well as
caulked areas. (Be careful not to scrub the caulked areas too hard,
because you can you could pull the caulk away from the tile and ruin the
seal) Next, take a sponge and wipe down the wall panels, shower doors, and
fixtures. Clean your bathroom sinks. Use window or glass cleaner on the
mirrors. Clean out the toilet bowls. The bathroom walls need to be wiped
down with a damp rag to get rid of toothpaste, soap or hairspray splatters.
Please wipe down the door, doorknob, towel racks, faucets and faucet knobs.
Make sure to wipe down the counter top, toilet tank lid, behind the toilet,
the floor and the baseboards.
Dust and Polish -
Please clean all vents, registers, and cold air return grills. Clean all
woodwork, doors, and ceiling fans. Murphy’s Oil Soap works great for
woodwork and doors in your apartment.
Washer and Dryer - You
must wipe down the entire exterior of your washer and dryer. You need to
remove the dryer filter located in the dryer and clean all lint and debris
from it. The floor of the laundry room must clean of all detergent, dryer
sheets and trash.
- The front door must be washed thoroughly inside and out to remove all
fingerprints, footprints, bike tracks, food, ect. Outside areas must be
clean of any cigarette butts and trash.
Light Globes -
Carefully remove each globe, clean the inside and out then replace.
Light/Switch Plate Covers
- Wipe down all switches and switch covers.
Locks - If you have put
locks on your bedroom doors, you must put your locks back on. If you fail
to do so, you will be charged. If you have removed closet doors, it is your
responsibility to put them back.
Don’t Forget the Little
Things - May sure you clean out the furnace room and sweep it
completely. Clean the wooden sills on the bottom of the furnace doors and
wipe down the furnace room doors. Wipe off all windowsills. Make sure all
windows have screens in them.
for your cooperation.