When a tenant moves out of your property, even if it is not required by law in your state, it is always a good idea to conduct a move-out inspection. This inspection will allow you to determine the condition of the property, as well as to make sure the tenant has not removed any items from the property that do not belong to them.
A story out of South Carolina shows an extreme example of a move-out gone wrong. The tenant is alleged to have taken copper pipes, plumbing pipes, a water heater and appliances from the property, causing an approximate $10,000 loss.
To help minimize incidents like this, the move-out inspection is essential. Ideally, you will want to conduct this inspection after the tenant has removed all of their belongings from the unit so that you can have full view of all walls and floors. After the inspection, you should also take possession of the tenant's keys so they cannot re-enter the unit.Suggested Reading:
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