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Quick Tip #4: Move ‘Em In, Move ‘Em Out

Nuts and boltsWhen a new tenant moves in, you must have them sign and date a move-in inspection report. (And, you know you should take pictures, right?)

But it’s also a good idea to give your new tenant a few days (3-7) to amend the move-in checklist once they’ve settled in.

  • This will encourage the tenant to notify you immediately in there is a repair that needs to be made, and that will save you in the long run.
  • It will provide stronger evidence later if you do have to deduct an item from the security deposit.
  • It’s easier to resolve questions over these items early on rather than have the tenant dispute your security deposit deductions in court.

Give them a copy (not the original!) of your move-in form so they can make notes and return it to you if they find anything else wrong with the unit. Encourage them to take photos of the defect – that saves you the hassle, but make sure you take a look at the actual damage.

Don’t have the right forms? Here’s a sample Move In/Move Out form, or if your prefer, a sample Move In/Move Out Checklist.

See last week’s Quick Tip.

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