WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR LANDLORD. IN THAT LETTER, GIVE YOUR NEW ADDRESS, AND ASK THAT YOUR LANDLORD SEND YOUR DEPOSIT (OR THE NET AFTER CLEANUP AND REPAIRS) TO THAT ADDRESS. SEND THIS NOTE BEFORE YOU LEAVE. OTHERWISE, EVEN IF LANDLORD IS LATE IN RETURNING YOUR DEPOSIT, HE/SHE IS NO LONGER LIABLE FOR DOUBLE THE AMOUNT (SEE BELOW)
Check lease regarding required condition and cleanliness
Check your lease for instructions on how clean your apartment must be. In some cases, the lease might specify "broom clean." In that case, it means that your apartment must be as clean as you can get it by sweeping with a broom. Probably you don't need to steam clean the rugs. But you would have a problem if you left bags of trash in the apartment.
Do final inspection, preferably together with landlord
Do a final inspection, together with the landlord if possible. If you and landlord had a document regarding the condition of the apartment when you moved in, that document would be extremely helpful, particularly in reminding the landlord of any pre-existing problems. Once the inspection is finished, prepare a document regarding the condition of the apartment at move-out time, and sign it together with the landlord.
Landlord's duties with respect to deposit
The landlord must return your deposit within 30 days, or else give you a written list of damages, the amounts involved, and the net of your deposit. If the landlord is late, then (provided you gave landlord the above written new address notice)
1.landlord cannot withhold because of damages
2.landlord is liable for double the amount of the deposit (i.e. you can sue landlord for this double deposit amount)
Follow other instructions in the lease regarding move-out
Follow any other instructions e.g. regarding return of keys.
Special requirement for most aliens (NOT U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals)
With certain limited exceptions, if you an alien, then within 10 days of your change of address, you must notify US Citizenship and Immigration Services of your new address, via form AR-11. This link provides that form as well as an option for online completion. This requirement does not apply to US citizens or US nationals. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=c1a94154d7b3d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD
If you are in F-1 status, you must tell your designated school official (DSO) of your change of address within 10 days of that change.
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