Why Tenant Move-In and Move-out Inspection is crucial in Canada?
What is a Move-In & Move-Out Property Inspection?
A move-in and move-out property inspection is the examination of a rental property’s condition when a tenant moves in and moves out. It involves documenting the property’s state identify existing damages, repairs needed, or maintenance issues. These inspections serve as a benchmark for the property’s condition at the beginning and end of a lease agreement.
Why are Move-in and Move-out Inspections Important in Canada?
In Canada, tenants and landlords’ rights and responsibilities are defined by the Provincial Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). There are certain rules & regulations both tenant and landlord have to abide by. Move-in and Move-Out inspections is one of those. Property inspections in Canada are important for many reasons.
- Firstly, they protect the interests of both landlords and tenants.
- For landlords, the inspections ensure their property remains in good condition, and any necessary repairs can be promptly addressed.
- Tenants benefit from inspections by having a record of the property’s condition, protecting them from being held responsible for pre-existing damage.
The Process of Conducting a Move-in or Move-out Inspection
Property inspections involve a systematic process. Both landlords and tenants should participate in this process to ensure transparency and accuracy. It typically includes:
1. Scheduling the inspection
Move-in inspection should be done before tenant moving in to the unit and Move-out inspection should ideally be done on the day tenant leaves the rental unit for good.
2. A thorough walkthrough of the property
Check each and every room with details. Pay close attention to doors and windows. Make sure they open and close properly.
3. Documenting any issues or damages
It is very important to log very damage details so that there is no dispute later on.
4. Taking photographs as evidence
You must take photographs of the damages as evidence
5. Signing off on the inspection report
Finally, both landlord (or their agent) and tenant (or their agent) need to sign the report to make it official.
What to Look for During a Tenant Move-in and Move-out Inspection?
You should pay attention to followings during a move-in or move-out inspection:
- Check general Condition and functionalities of the property: Assess the overall cleanliness, condition, and functionality of the property. Look for any obvious signs of damage or disrepair.
- Check for cracks, holes, water stains or other visible Walls and Ceilings: Check for cracks, holes, water stains, or other visible damage to walls and ceilings.
- Look for scratches or damages on the floor or carpet
- Make sure all locks, security system, windows and doors can be opened or closed property. Check if there is anything broken window.
- Ensure all washroom and kitchen appliances is in working smoothly.
- Test all light bulk, switches, outlets and fixtures are working or not.
- Safety Features such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers must be in working condition
- Turn on and off heating and cooling system and make sure desired airflows are happening
- Check kitchen, and bathroom cabinet condition
- Carefully check for any mold, signs of pest or rodents. Check surrounding for any cracks which might allow pests to enter.
- Landscaping: If the property includes a yard or outdoor space, assess its condition. Ensure that lawns are mowed, shrubs are trimmed, and there are no overgrown areas.
- Documentation: Properly document all findings with photographs. Using a software might be helpful.
In summary, tenant move-in and move-out procedures can help to maintain legal compliance, protect the landlord’s and tenants’ interests, and ensure a smooth renting experience.