4.11 Move-Out Condition Inspection
You and your landlord should complete a move-out condition inspection at the end of your tenancy. This is your chance to document the condition of your rental unit, compare it to the move-in condition inspection report, and see how much damage, if any, has been caused.
You should do your move-out condition inspection after all of your belongings have been removed from the rental unit. It can also be a good idea to take photos and videos while inspecting the rental unit, especially if you and your landlord don’t agree on everything. Once you have completed inspecting the rental unit, make sure to sign and date the condition inspection report. If you disagree with your landlord about any part of the inspection, there should be space on the report to list your concerns.
Your landlord must give you a copy of the condition inspection report. Make sure to keep your copy in a safe place, as you may need it as evidence if there is a dispute in the future.
It is your landlord’s responsibility to offer you at least two opportunities to participate in a move-out condition inspection. If your landlord does not do this, they lose the right to make a claim against your security deposit for damage. However, keep in mind that the landlord could still go after you for money to pay for any damage that exceeds the amount of your security deposit. Let’s consider a scenario where your deposit is $1,000 and you caused $1,500 of damage. Even if the landlord loses the right to claim against your $1,000 security deposit for damage, they could still apply for $500 to help partially cover the total cost.
If your landlord does offer you at least two opportunities to complete the move out condition inspection, and you do not participate, then you will lose your right to have your security deposit returned.
If your landlord does not arrange a move-out condition inspection with you, consider doing one yourself. Walk through your rental unit, take photos and videos, and fill out the on your own. If possible, have another person present who can witness the condition of the unit and sign the report.