Move-in / Move-out Checklist | Landlord-Tenant

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A Move-in/Move-out Checklist provides for the landlord and tenant to sign off on any damage at the time of lease commencement and at the end of the term. At the start date, both parties should look at every wall, appliance, and fixture to note any preexisting repairs needed. When the contract has concluded the lessor and lessee will once again make a careful examination of the premises and write down any added repairs needed.

If the landlord finds damage on the property, at the end of the rental term it will be reflected in the security deposit return.

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Required States (17)

State Checklist Exceptions Statute
Arizona Move-in / Move-out Condition Checklist None. § 33-1321(C)
 Georgia Move-in / Move-out Inspection Form Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 44-7-33
 Hawaii Property Condition Form None. § 521-42(6)
Kansas Inventory and Condition of the Premises None. § 58-2548
 Kentucky Move-in Inspection Form Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 383.580(2)
 Maryland Move-in/Move-out Checklist None. §  8-203.1(a)
 Massachusetts Inventory Checklist Only required if a security deposit is collected. Chapter 186, Section 15B(2)(b)
 Michigan Inventory Checklist Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 554.608
 Montana Move-in Checklist Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 70-25-206
Nevada Move-in Checklist None. NRS 118A.200(k)
New Hampshire Move-in Checklist Only required if a security deposit is collected. RSA 540-A:6(I)(c)
 North Dakota Property Condition Statement None. § 47-16-07.2
 Oregon (Portland ONLY) Move-in Checklist None. § 30.01.087(D)(1)
 Utah Move-in Checklist None. § 57-22-4(3)
Virginia Move-in Checklist None. § 55.1-1214
Washington Move-in Checklist Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 59.18.260
Wisconsin Move-in Inspection Only required if a security deposit is collected. § 134.06

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Step 1 – Property Information –

  • Enter the name (if any) and address of the property being inspected
  • Resident’s name
  • Apartment number
  • Unit size
  • Move-in inspection date
  • Move out inspection date

Step 2 – Areas and Items to be inspected – Enter the following:

  • Examine each item or area on the list

Enter the condition of each area or item on move in and record the condition of each in the “Move-In” section of the list:

  • Steps and landings
  • Handrails
  • Doors
  • Hardware/Locks
  • Floors/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceilings
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Closets
  • Fire alarms/equipment
  • AND

Living Room:

  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Covering
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Dining Room:

  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Kitchen:

  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink/Faucets
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets
  • Cabinets
  • Closets/Pantry
  • Exhaust fan
  • Fire alarms/equipment

Bedrooms:

  • Doors and locks
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Covering
  • Closets
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Bathrooms:

  • Sink/Faucets
  • Shower/Tub
  • Curtain rack/Door
  • Towel rack
  • Toilet Doors/Locks
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Closets
  • Cabinets
  • Exhaust fan
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

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