I used to work in property management, I can tell you that your landlord hates you. Really. You are just a number and a dollar amount to them. Best thing I can recommend is that you read your lease very very carefully and follow that up with getting very knowledgable with the rental laws in your area. THe more you know, the more ammo you have as renters. For example, here in California the landlord MUST pay you back your secruity deposit within 21 days of your leaving, and if there are deductions they need to line item them and justify them. The best thing you can do is a walk-through with your landlord before you leave making sure that there is nothing that you disagree with as to the condition of the property. But really, read your lease and read up on the housing laws. It will save you time and money.