Check with the CA department of consumer affairs regarding the law.
California laws change often, so go to the source for info on current laws.
If landlord will not do the pre move out inspection, and you want to ensure you get your max deposit back you should:
1.Make sure and have the place cleaned top to bottom before you return your keys.
2. Take photos or better yet take cell phone video of every room in the house.
3. Take photos under the sinks
4. Make sure a paint any walls back their original color if you have changed the colors during your tenancy
5. Have the carpet cleaned, and keep your receipts.
6. Clean the range
&. Make sure and leave no debris or personal items in the garage or in the back yard
Best of Luck to You!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
The landlord has 21 days to return your deposit, either the complete deposit or the deposit minus charges for repairs (must have written estimates or receipts to support amount subtracted). If the landlord fails to do so within 21 days, they no longer have the right to subtract any amount and must return the complete deposit. Getting them to do so is another matter, you should consult with an attorney if the landlord fails to allow an inspection or return your deposit properly.