How to Get Your Security Deposit Back
Here is something that may surprise you: we cannot wait to give you your security deposit back! All we ask is that you return your apartment to the condition you found it in. It's as 1,2,3:
- Remove all of your belongings from the apartment (including trash)
- Wipe down all horizontal services
- Vacuum and sweep all of the floors
We encourage you to clean your apartment thoroughly, it will
save you money! If you're worried about having time to clean, or
just don't want to, call
R+B@Home at 217-352-1129.
R+B@Home's cleaning and item removal fees will be cheaper than our
maintenance team's. They can also help out with packing and
Understanding Our Fees
Our cleaning charges reflect both the direct and indirect costs associated with getting your apartment ready for its next tenant. These include:
- Assessment costs:
Inspecting the apartment and documenting the findings.
- Management costs:
Administration of cleaning staff and functions.
- Staffing costs:
Amount of time spent in the apartment, which often requires overtime.
- Maintenance costs:
Cost of purchasing and maintaining cleaning equipment, purchase and storage of cleaning supplies.
We expect the apartment to be just as clean as it was when you moved in for the next resident. Here are the areas that must be cleaned completely in order to avoid being charged:
Vacuum all carpets and sweep and sweep/mop all wood, tile, or vinyl floors. Ensure trim along the wall is clean.
Clean all light switches and plates, replace burnt out light bulbs, and remove all cobwebs. Ensure that any baseboard heating units, light fixtures, and ceiling fans are clean.
Clean all blinds, ledges, and glass surfaces.
Clean fireplace and ledge, and remove trash and items from balconies.
- Wash inside and out, clean rubber seal, and leave plugged in and turned on.
- Clean inside oven, broiler, burner racks and pans, clean entire outside (including the exhaust hood and lights).
- Clean inside and out of the washer/dryer, make sure debris from dryer sheets is removed, and clean away dust from all surfaces.
- Make sure the inside of the dishwasher is cleaned (run washer
again if necessary) and clean the outer surfaces of the unit.
Clean cabinets and drawers inside and out, including handles.
Clean cabinets inside and out (including handles), appliances (see above), countertops, sink, drawers, and all surfaces.
Clean the sink, tub, faucets, shower door, toilet (inside and
out), medicine cabinet, mirrors, and the shelves in the linen
Charge Estimates for Insufficient Cleaning
*If blinds are too dirty
to clean or they are damaged, they will be replaced at cost along
with $15/blind labor cost for installation.
Your walls will experience wear and tear each year that you
reside in the apartment. This is normal. It takes four years of
normal wear for your walls to need a full paint job after you move
out. If you live in your apartment for only one year, then we
expect that you have taken good care of the walls and that we will
merely need to touch up the walls.
A touch up means that there may be an occasional scuff mark which needs painted. If we have to perform a full paint job on your apartment after one year of residency, then you will be required to pay for the costs.
Costs Breakdown for Painting
|0/1 Bed||No Charge||$100||$360|
|2 Bed||No Charge||$200||$670|
|3 Bed||No Charge||$300||$750|
*Note: Painting charges will decrease by 25% per year of residency (up to four years).
Difference Between “Wear and Tear” and Damage
It is important to note that wear and tear is different from damage. Wear and tear is the unavoidable aging of the apartment. Damage is the result of your behavior and should be completely avoidable. If you damage the walls, then you will be billed the cost of repairing them. Here are the most common ways we see walls damaged:
- Door knobs bang into them
- Furniture is moved and dents them
- Smoke from candles or cigarettes covers them in a yellow film
- There is residue from adhesive stuck on them
We expect to get at least seven years of life from carpeting
under normal conditions. If you damage the carpeting which prevents
it from making it to its full life, we will charge you for the
For example:We also charge the following rates to remove flooring that has been damaged before the end of its useful life:
If you move into an apartment with a carpet that is one year old, then live in the apartment for three years, the carpet now has four years of wear. If it cannot be cleaned and must be replaced, then we are responsible for 4/7 of the cost and you are responsible for 3/7 of the cost. We do not feel it would be fair to charge you the cost of a full carpet replacement, only the additional cost of replacing it early.
|1 Bedroom Apartment||$125|
|2 Bedroom Apartment||$175|
|3 Bedroom Apartment||$225|
These charges cover the cost of our crews to remove all the
apartment interior doors, cut carpeting into manageable sections,
bind them together, haul to our trucks, and procure garbage
containers of adequate size to handle this much material.
Disposing of items you don’t want is a tricky thing and can be
costly. However, leaving items behind becomes even
more costly. Please don’t leave items you don’t
want in the apartment, it will save both of us valuable time and
|Small electronics (including TVs up to 32” screen)||$60.00*|
|TVs greater than 32”||$120.00*|
|General trash removal||Begins at $30.00**|
*If you leave a TV by the dumpster, you will
also be charged.
**Rates go up based on labor and dumpster space needed.
Have Questions or Want to Dispute Your Security Deposit?
If you want to communicate any dispute or ask any questions
about your already remitted security deposit or charges, you must
do so in writing. Please send a letter via USPS addressed as
Royse + Brinkmeyer Apartments
Attn: Leasing Manager
211 W. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone calls will not be accepted in regards to disputes as the information you seek has already been filed by the time you receive your deposit in the mail and time must be taken to look into it. All disputes or questions must be received in writing.
Please reach out to us with any questions about the move-out process and our expectations. We are always here to help!