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Tenant Move Outs


Yes, these are real photos from a tenant move out (these are just a few) with several plumbing issues. To make matters worse, they filed a small claims court action demanding their full security deposit back because they “left the home in good condition”. I know for myself I would not feel comfortable moving from out of state, or maybe needing a quick move in, or planned the move and this is how I had to take occupancy. This is not move in ready and, unfortunately, I have to defend this in court. I’ll keep you posted!


What is normal wear versus damage?

Landlords can charge tenants for damage, but not for normal wear that results from aging naturally and normal use over time. Damage may be caused by the tenant’s negligence, abuse, or carelessness.

For example, it is generally expected that many homes may require new flooring and new paint every few years or more depending on use and care. The landlord cannot charge the tenant to replace the carpet or to repaint just because it does not look as new as when the tenant moved in. If the tenant causes stains, holes, or other damage, the landlord may, however, charge for that.

Typically, both tenants and landlords may document normal wear, as well as damage, during the move-in inspection. It reduces the likelihood of future disputes over whether further wear is excessive and whether a landlord can charge for a brand new replacement.

It is always crucial in the property management field to ensure proper documentation of move in/out conditions of a home. You never know what you need till you need it.

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