Thank you for choosing Charleston Townes to enjoy the off campus life! We wish you only the best of luck in your future endeavors, and invite you to request a rental reference from us shall that requirement ever arise in your future housing needs. Keep in mind that Matchbox Realty also offers an assortment of if you plan to stick around the ‘Burg post-graduation!
Moving out can be stressful. We’re here to help! WE WANT YOU TO RECEIVE A FULL SECURITY DEPOSIT REFUND. Please take advantage of all the resources provided below so that we can (hopefully) mail you a check, not a bill.
Let US help YOU! These helpful checklists were written by Charleston Townes staff with the help of Matchbox Realty, who has provided students with off campus living options since 2011. These checklists continue to grow each year with the intention to help each of our residents receive as much of a refund possible. Check-out our to view photos of how previous Charleston Townes tenants left their apartment. Each photo includes a caption of what amount(s) if any were held as tenant responsibility and helpful tips.
Keys - Unreturned keys are $25 each & unreturned fobs are $75 each – yikes! Simply fill out a key return envelope (there are blank copies on the side of the model home drop box) so that we have your bedroom key, mail key and key fob if applicable, as well as your forwarding address for the Security Deposit Release Form. Be sure to print legibly, and fill the envelope out in its’ entirety.
Personal belongings, trash, unwanted furniture, etc. left in your apartment will need to removed. At what cost, you ask? Maintenance charges $39/hour/man. This does not include the possibility of landfill dump fees. Our advice – donate! Many local business would love to make your trash their treasure. Check out , , , & . Depending on what you would like to donate, these businesses may even pick-up/drop-off.
The maids are contracted at a certain rate to clean your apartment. Any amount over and above that rate will come back to you as a deduction from your security deposit. Pay close attention to baseboards, soap scum in bathrooms, oven interior, etc. – any task that the maids would spend an excessive amount of time to clean.
1. Unplug your fridge; Prop open the fridge and freezer doors. This will prevent sweating &/or molding within the fridge and freezer.
2. Leave the washing machine door open for the same reason.
5. Lock up! Ensure that every door and window is secure upon your departure.
If the walls were poorly painted, we’ll need to send professional painters to fix your handiwork. The paint colors for Charleston Townes are registered at the local . Be ssure that you request China White Flat paint. Additionally, the same color is used for trim and doors except in a semi gloss. Be sure to let the associate know which room you’re painting. As a rule of thumb: keep in mind that paints ages. If you do paint, be sure to paint entire walls at a time instead of touch-up in small areas (you’ll be able to tell where the “touchup” was done otherwise). *We understand that minor scuffing is inevitable in high-trafficked areas of your apartment (such as under the kitchen bar, entryway, etc.) since Charleston Townes uses a flat-based paint. However, adhesives/decal wall damage, drywall damage, and large screw holes (from a flat-mounted TV, surfboard hung, etc.) are a few examples of what is considered over/above reasonable wear/tear.
By law your Property Manager must complete your move-out inspection no later than 72 hours from this time. With that being noted, we are prompt with move-out inspections. If we find you do not move-out on time, the lease states that you and your roommates will be charged $150 of the per diem rent.
Your security deposit is held in escrow for the duration of your lease term until we assess damages (if any) after your lease end date.
If shut-off your water or electric service prior to your lease end date, the lease states that you and your roommates will receive a $50 fine.
If necessary, we may send you a letter that allows us an additional 15 days to process your SDRF. If, upon receipt of the SDRF, you disagree with any charges: Disputes must be made in writing (email is acceptable) to no later than 10 days of receive the Security Deposit Release Form.
Unfortunately there is not an opportunity for previous residents to pick-up damaged furniture that was found to need replacement during the move-out inspection. These pieces are taken by maintenance during the 2 week turnover period. The damage to the items may not have been apparent during furniture inspections in April, or we would have sent all of you an email telling you that you may take pieces XYZ with you since they will be replaced at move-out. Turnover season (summer) is our busiest time of the year. Please understand when we say that it is logistically impossible to notify every single resident when a furniture piece needs replacement (especially since often times residents do not take the damaged pieces with them despite our offer). Additionally, we have no place to store the furniture until the previous tenant is able to come pick the pieces up. Under the Virginia Residential Landlord & Tenant Act, we must notify past tenants when they have left personal property, and give them the opportunity to pick-up their personal property within 24 hours from their lease expiration.