Welcome to the Idaho Tenants Union (ITU) website. I’ve started this site because I am tired of the lack of organized resources and limited in-expensive legal explanations of what my rights as a tenant are, while renting an apartment in Boise, Idaho. The last two properties that I have rented and moved out of, both took my security deposit. Along with chalking up extra frivolous costs that made it to where in the end I even owed more money. Guess what? If I didn’t hand over this money, the rental property management company could have and would have posted this “debt” against my credit score. I can insist all I want that they are wrong, but with no proof and not having the time to research laws I ended up negotiating the final cost and paying out what they say I owe.
There are a few guidelines that you should truly stick by in order to maximize your chances of getting your full security deposit back and making sure there are no hidden costs that will be brought to your attention in the future.
- Make sure that as you are moving in you take the checklist sheet very seriously. This is the one and only time through out your rental period that you will be allowed to officially document any issues, or objects that are damaged and need repair. If possible, take pictures and video for your records. Once you have filled out the form, make sure that you make a copy for yourself and then promptly turn it in to the main office.
- If you have taken pictures and video, make sure to secure them in a place where you will always have access. Leaving them on your phone or SD card is not a good idea.
- If you do happen to damage or notice something in the apartment/home during your normal day to day living make sure to contact the management as soon as possible. They are more likely to come and fix it at no cost to you while you are a tenant. If you don’t mention it because “you can live with it”, then most likely you will be charged for this against your deposit.
- Make sure that you do the final walkthrough with the property manager present. Its critical that you get something in writing telling you what was found or not found in that inspection.
Don’t forget, these companies are here to make a profit. Your security deposit is something that they might go after, its easy money, especially if you do not protect yourself.
This site is a work in progress. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.