When vacating the apartment, you must place it in as clean a condition, excepting ordinary wear and tear, as when your lease began. You are also responsible for repairing any damages beyond normal wear and tear. Failure to clean or make repairs may result in the landlord retaining a portion of the damage deposit. (§ 76-1421(2), § 76-1416(2)) You should take photographs and notes on cleaning efforts in case a dispute over the deposit arises later.
Some Landlords provide you with a list of tasks he or she considers essential to cleaning an apartment. If you comply with the landlord´s list, check the completed tasks on the list and keep a copy.