21 Jan Walk Throughs
One of the most important responsibilities of a landlord is conducting thorough walk throughs. In fact, landlords who conduct a good initial walk-through of their rental property, will experience less damage than those who rush through or skip the process altogether. That’s because doing walk throughs with your tenants prior to move-in helps you document the existing condition of your rental. Thus, enabling you to highlight any current damage, ideally with photographs in addition to the written move-in checklist. This sort of documentation is invaluable in the event a dispute arises regarding the condition of a rental when your tenant moves out. Particularly for cases when you decide not to return a portion of the security deposit to pay for damages. With this in mind, we offer some insight on move-in and move-out walk throughs.
Move In Walk Through Inspection
A move-in walk-through inspection is probably one of the most important steps you can take to ensure a good landlord-tenant relationship. This type of walk-through should be conducted by the landlord during the move-in process. Make sure to complete these types of walk throughs when tenants gets their keys before they move in. At the beginning of the walk-through, make sure every tenant is provided with a move-in checklist. This enables them to document the move-in condition and take any notes of existing wear items or damage. It’s also helpful to take photos of the property to keep along with the paperwork. A copy of the photos as well as the inspection should go to you and the tenants. And, when they are moving out, should be referred to in the event damages beyond normal wear and tear exist.
Move Out Walk Through Inspection
A move out walk-through inspection helps you determine the condition of the property when the tenant leaves. Conduct this inspection with the tenant present. This fact cannot be overstated! It is the only way to truly protect your interests if there are any damages. In fact, your tenant could deny responsibility if you allow them to just drop off the keys at your office. Conducting the move out inspection with the tenant present is a good idea for several reasons. The first is that both sides are present and can review the unit together. And the other is, you can get your tenant’s signature on the move-out checklist. This sort of documentation is invaluable in the event a dispute arises regarding the condition of a rental when your tenant moves out. Particularly for cases when you decide not to return a portion of the security deposit to pay for damages.
As a landlord, the most important responsibility you have, is conducting thorough walk throughs. That’s because the details in the move-in inspection checklist can save you a lot of trouble in the future. If you are having trouble organizing and conducting walk throughs, or need help doing so, you may want to consider hiring a property management company to help.
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