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Bobbi, Renter in Long Beach, CA

Does Rental Agreement supersede CA state law for pre-move out inspection?

Asked by Bobbi, Long Beach, CA Sun Apr 7, 2013

Landlord refuses to perform pre-move out inspection. He states it's not in the rental agreement. Does he have to perform one if I request it? What recourse do I have if he doesn't? Agreement also states that security deposit will be returned in 30 days. Is 21 the law?

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Michael Magaw’s answer
This is a guide from the Department of Consumer Affairs. I think you will find answers and needed resources in this publication.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013

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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 12, 2013
California Civil Code 1950.5 guarantees your right to request a pre-inspection prior to move out, regardless of what the lease says.
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 7, 2013
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