Security Deposit-Check List

  1. You cannot be required to pay a security deposit if the landlord does not provide you with a move-in checklist when you sign a rental agreement and move into your new home. The checklist needs to be signed and dated by both you and the landlord.
  2. The checklist should describe in detail the condition of the rental unit, including but not limited to, walls, floors, carpets, drapes, furniture, appliances, countertops, paint, tile, etc.
  3. Examine your new home carefully to make sure the checklist is accurate. Let the landlord know immediately if something is not noted on the checklist. The checklist is what the landlord will use to determine if you are responsible for any damage when you move out. Make sure it's accurate!

See the state laws on security deposits and checklists and on security deposits and trust accounts.