The Landlord Walk Through Checklist
Purpose of a Landlord Walk Through
The exercise is significant because after a tenant moves out, the condition of certain features or elements in the property may not be in the best of condition. Should there be any substantial deterioration or damage, then the landlord would have to repair them or replace them and thus a tenant may be asked to pay for damages or repairing of the same. To ensure that the transition is smooth and that both the landlord and the tenant are on the same page, this landlord walk through checklist is very important.
Typically, the landlord walk through checklist has four columns. The first column lists all the features of the property, the second and third columns are empty spaces where the landlord would make notes of the condition of the features at the time of moving and moving out respectively and the fourth column would have the estimate of the cost of repair or replacement which can then be used to decide on damages that the tenant may have to pay. Normal deterioration that has nothing to do with damages or owing to any fault of the tenant typically doesn’t incur any expenditure from the tenant.
The landlord walk through checklist should comprise of all parts of the property, such as living room and its floor, floor coverings, drapes, window coverings, walls, ceilings, lights, screens, doors, front door, locks, smoke detectors or fireplaces and anything else that may be there. Furnished homes may have more objects and appliances. The same features should be checked for in bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor spaces if any and other areas such as crawlspace, basement and balconies or porches if present. The checklist should also take into account home appliances, furniture and other upholstery and fittings if they are provided by the landlord.
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