I'm going to be moving out of my apartment in two months. We gave one month's rent as a security deposit when we moved in and we've kept the apartment in excellent condition. My mom says that in her experience, landlords (especially in big corporate-owned apartment complexes) just make shit up, way overcharge for any tiny dings, and in general are dishonest to avoid giving the security deposit back even when there is no reason to keep it. She said that when she lived in apartments, she always just gave notice that she was moving out at the end of the month and said to use her security deposit as the last month's rent. Even when landlords didn't like this or agree, there was nothing they could do because she'd be out of the apartment before they could formally evict.
This seems like a really bad idea to me, but at the same time, I don't want to lose $1500 to a dishonest landlord who is going to screw me out of my security deposit. What should I do, TQC?! (I have photos of everything from when I moved in and will take photos before I move out, but if they try to screw me over and lie I'd have to take them to court to get the money back and that's a huge hassle.)
DK/DC/Your mom is a terrible person: Any moving tips? How do you move stuff like couches and mattresses without getting them dirty?