The rental move in checklist is essential for a rental lease.  Sadly it is also the piece of the paperwork that gets left behind.  It is essential to have your Rental Move In Checklist filled in and signed by both parties before the first week of the Lease Agreement.  It will help prevent major future disputes of the condition in which the property was received and the condition in which the property is given back.  Without the rental move in checklist you as landlord will have nothing to compare the quality of your tenants, thus nothing to subtract from the deposit without a guaranteed dispute between you as landlord and your tenant.

It is also always advice to attach photos of the properties with the recorded dates, make sure these date and the Lease Agreement date correspond.

Download our Free Rental Move In Checklist, and ensure that you plan to make life easier in the future.

I hope this checklist give you a good idea of what to look out for when it comes to a Rental Move In/Out Checklist.  It would be a good idea to customise this checklist specifically for your own rental property.  Consider the items you always need to deduct money off, but that always end up in a dispute – add these items to the list, and make sure both parties understand what can and cannot be deducted from the deposit.


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Written by Lizl Brink, Lizl is copywriter and designer based in Johannesburg, she is also a frequent contributor to the Mafadi blog, and as an Urban investor and rejuvenation shares a passion for urban regeneration, go check out her personal portfolio here
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