TROY, NEW YORK -- Before my lease was up, Starr's super went into my apartment and cleaned it. I hadn't yet turned the key in. My husband had given him permission to go in and paint (they claimed people were moving in immediately and my husband was stupidly nice). They didn't give me ANY of the security deposit, citing that it cost that much to clean my empty 600 square foot apartment.
ALBANY, NEW YORK -- Company's move-out cleanliness requirements are utterly unreasonable, and engineered to enable landlord to keep deposit. Do not rent from above landlord if you want a mellow place to live, with amicable move out arrangements. Do not expect to see your deposit again. Apartments look clean and welcoming when compared to others on the market, but don't be fooled. You will rue the day you signed the lease.