A move-in or move-out Turn occurs when a landlord and a tenant walk through the rental unit to look for any damage or illegal alterations to the unit. The landlord is looking for any damage in excess of normal wear and tear or any changes to the unit that have not been mutually agreed upon, such as changing the paint color. The landlord is comparing the current condition of the property to the condition of the property when the tenant moved into the unit.
The main purpose of a landlord inspection is so that a landlord can document the condition of the property. It allows the landlord to determine if damage has been done to the unit while in the use of the renter. Damages may decrease the amount of any returned security deposits. Also, if the cost to repair the damage is beyond the value of the deposit, the tenant will need to make up that sum
If this inspection is conducted before a tenant’s move, the landlord can present the tenant with a list of the deductions that will be taken from their security deposit. This will also give the tenant a chance to make necessary repairs to the unit before they move-out. This walk-through inspection is also done so that the landlord knows what must be fixed before the next tenant moves into the property. Having a licensed contractor / Handyman perform these duties helps landlords have the right documentation and knowing it was done by a professional.
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