When a tenant moves in it is always a good idea to do a walk through and identify everything that is working and in good condition as well as any problems. Photos for documentation is good support. Have the tenant sign off in agreement. Then when a tenant is moving out, you pull out that document and do a final walk through together and go over everything and it's condition. There should not be much dispute regarding damages. Either it is normal wear and tear or they most likely caused the damage. A simple search online will give you a number of example forms. If you are going to keep any portion of the security deposit, make sure you document it well.
If you haven't done any of this, write it off as an educational expense...good luck.... more
Hi Lois, Dealing with a few issues as well. Insurance companies only like to be paid, not to pay out. Regarding possible mold, if you wish to tackle this yourself(bleach and water, wear a mask, open windows, 16 parts water/1 part bleach).... more