Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tennants: No keys until you sign the inspection report!

Did you know that the Washington State Landlord/Tenant Act requires a written move in inspection report, signed by both parties if a deposit is collected?  If there is not written inspection report, the landlord cannot withhold any portion of the deposit, even if there are significant damages to the property and owe back rent.  Without a written report, it is impossible to prove that any damage did not happen before the tenant moves in.  The law specifies a written report.  Photos will not suffice.

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