You’ve picked out a great apartment, signed the paperwork, and now you’re ready to move in. But wait! Before you move into your new house or apartment you need to perform a move-in inspection. Move-in
Choose Move-in Inspections Now or Pay Later
The most common ground for withholding a security deposit is damage to the unit caused by the tenant. Having a proper move in inspection allows you to show that some of the alleged damage was already in the unit when you moved in.
Some landlords are required by law to perform a move in inspection, some are not. But regardless you should insist on one before you move into the house or apartment. The move-in
Move-in Inspection Proof
It’s a good idea to take pictures or videos with a landlord during s move-in inspections. A video is not a replacement for written move-in inspections, but it is a good supplement. Don’t be sneaky about taking the video; let the landlord know you are taking it.
Sometimes landlords will not perform move-in inspections or will say something like, “We’ll do it tomorrow,” and then not show up. If this happens to you, email the landlord and ask them to come perform the inspection with you. If they still won’t come out you can perform your own move-in inspection and email the inspection and pictures to the landlord. It can be a lot of work and the last thing you want to do on move in day, but it will protect you when you move out.