The American Apartment Owners Association recently published a very informative article for both Tenants and Landlords regarding moving out of a rental property and security deposit deductions. Often times, Tenants can become frustrated because their idea of pre move-in condition and what the actual pre move-in condition was are two different things. It is very important to keep in mind that damage caused by Tenant and/or pets is NOT considered “normal wear and tear”, regardless of the length of the tenancy. Most good leases will include a Pet Addendum which states that any pet damage will be remediated to Landlord’s satisfaction by Tenant.
A few things AAOA notes that Barrett Property Management, Inc. agrees with include the following:
- Always complete a move-in checklist. This is to the Tenant’s benefit and will be referenced upon move-out. I always advise my tenants to complete this BEFORE moving any furniture or personal belongings into the house so yo have the most clear picture of the home.
- Take pictures both of pre move-in condition and of any damage caused by Tenant that is not considered normal wear and tear.
- Both of these items can be done by Tenant/Landlord together or separate.
Click the link below to read the article titled, What Can I Deduct from a Security Deposit?