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25 Nov

Moving into Your Rental: 2

Posted in Renting on 25.11.09

landlord 4Now, you are going to want to begin by documenting everything about your apartment, preferably while it is still empty. If there are holes in the wall, blinds missing, a lack of smoke detectors, cracks in the floors, stains, and so on, you want pictures. If you intend to do any painting, you may also want to document the current color of the walls — if you can offer to repaint the place back before you leave, your landlord will likely be more permissive … unless he or she is controlling … and/or a jerk. (Sorry for the bitterness, folks!)

Then, again, check out your water pressure, the heat, make sure all the electrical sockets and light fixtures work.

For your own protection and for later proof, if necessary, you need to document the conversations you have with your landlord concerning the rental. Try to have a witness if you can. Correspondence should be sent through email, so that there is always proof of what has been written.

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