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Student Rentals II: Deposit refund

Jun 01 2016

In this, the second of a  series of blog posts, we have put together advice for students and parents on moving out of student rented accommodation outlining how you are expected to leave the place and also detailing your rights when it comes to your deposit refund.

If you are a student renting accommodation in Dublin, you can appreciate all that is entailed by the rental crisis – it is no doubt that your monthly rental rates are sky-high! In order to prevent that extra kick in the teeth that is not being refunded your deposit, we have some worthwhile advice for moving out of your place. For most, the standard deposit is equivalent to one months rent – a hefty sum! And certainly not something you want to leave behind when you move out.

You need to get your housemates on the same page when it comes to moving out. Ideally you should organise a day and a time that suits you all to do a massive clean of the place. You should also discuss the end of year finances well in advance of moving out. Be sure to discuss all loose ends, including bills, expectations for deposit refund and smooth out any financial issues before you move out. This can be a tricky process if not discussed prior to moving out, and arguments over bills and monies owed can leave a sour taste at the end of a great year at college.

If you are to have any hope of receiving your deposit back, you MUST clean the house from top to bottom – every nook and cranny! And you MUST remove all of your belongings and all rubbish. This will require a team effort. Deductions from your deposit will be made according to dirt, rubbish and belongings left behind. Landlords will be brutal in this regard, for everything you leave behind or leave in bad condition, they must deal with before someone else can move in, costing them both time and money.


Be realistic when it comes to your expectations for your deposit refund. If it is the case that you had parties till all hours of the night, blared loud music and disturbed neighbours all year long, you may want to lower your expectations! If there are damages that have not been previously discussed with your landlord these may also lead to deductions.

Know your rights when it comes to your deposit refund. Before entering into a lengthy battle with your landlord, ensure you have read your lease (ideally this should be examined prior to moving in – but at the end of the year this will already have been signed so there’s not a whole lot that can be done at this stage!) If any of the terms on your lease have been broken, then deductions from your deposit are likely to have built up. Your landlord is also expected to provide invoices for any repairs done.

The rights of the tenant are outlined in the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015. We have also found a government webpage answering many of the questions that you may have in relation to your rights as a tenant and whom you can contact if you feel your landlord is in breach of these rights here.

The process of getting your deposit back really begins on day one of your rental agreement. The terms of your lease are important as well as the condition the rental was handed over. It is really important to go into a rental agreement with your eyes open and so we will be dedicating our next blog post to prospective student renters and the important steps you must take when moving into rented accommodation.