Property Inspection

Lisa Starrett, Property Manger

Before a tenant moves in to the property, the property manager and tenant will mutually inspect the property, checking the condition of the property for any problems, such as damage or malfunctioning appliances, electrical and plumbing problems, broken windows, etc.

The inspection will be documented in detail by the property manager electronically or by hand, with copies going to both the tenant and landlord. This inspection report will assure the tenant will not be held responsible for any damages to the premises that occurred prior to his/her move in.

Premier Real Estate 8The property manager or the new renter may additionally take photos or make a video record of the premises. Copies of all photos, documentation, etc. should be distributed to the landlord, property manager and the new tenant, and signed off as received by each party.

Any and all malfunctioning appliances, defects and/or damages that would affect the comfortable occupancy of the new tenant should be repaired or replaced in a timely manner, and the premises left in a clean and welcoming condition for the new occupant.

The property manager's tenant move-out inspection must be as thorough and detailed as move-in inspection procedures. The tenant should have been made aware at the time of move-in that the leasing agreement has provisions to deal with any damages caused to the premises by the tenant since his or her occupancy. The tenant should also have been made aware upon move-in that the required up-front security deposit prior to move-in was designated as funds to pay for any repairs made to the property that were caused by tenant damage or neglect.

If the premises passes the move-out inspection with no discernible damages, then the security deposit should be fully refundable.

Any tenant damage costs exceeding security deposit funds would have to be paid by the former tenant, if not willingly, then by lawsuit.

Allowances, however, are made for normal wear and tear, and dependent upon the length of time the tenant had occupied the property. However, so-called "normal wear and tear" can often be a point of contention between landlord and tenant.

For example, did the "wear and tear" occur due to deterioration from age or malfunction due to age or an inherent defect? "wear and tear" clearly due to abuse, neglect, carelessness or accident will certainly be charged to the tenant, regardless of whether the fault lies with the tenant, any other member of the household, or guest.

If the landlord designates the property manager to conduct move-in walk-throughs with new tenants as well as move-out inspections, the manager, as the landlord's designated representative, must be meticulous in his inspections and documentary procedures in order to protect the best interests of his client.

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