Real Estate Landlord/Tenant

Tenant Preinspection List

Greg Stone Greg Stone
How To Use

This check list is provided to inform you about the document in question and assist you in its preparation.  This list protects the Tenant from charges against his or her security deposit in the future. This list protects the Landlord by alerting him or her to excessive pickiness or concerns of Tenant. If the Tenant does not generally accept the appearance and condition of the location, then Landlord is better off selecting another Tenant who will be satisfied with the general condition of the location.  As always, most properties rent at rates equal to the condition of the premises. If a Tenant is unduly picky about the property, this indicates Tenant and Landlord have not had a meeting of the minds about the rent for the actual property.

As with most business transactions, those that start hard usually end hard. So, if this process starts hard, then the Landlord is advised to let the Tenant be discouraged and encourage them to withdraw from possible tenancy (comments to the effect, “This clearly doesn’t meet your standards,” and so on and so on).

  1. Be sure to get each party to initial each page and sign the last one. Both parties should keep originals in case of any dispute in the future. Keep this record with the others for the location and/or Tenant or Landlord.

Tenant Pre-Inspection List

In anticipation of entering into a lease with ________________________ (“Landlord”), the Landlord and I, ________________________ (“Tenant”), have each examined the premises and each agrees that the specific items are in good, clean and sanitary order, and in good condition and repair, unless noted to the contrary in this checklist. If Landlord and Tenant do, in fact, enter into a Lease Agreement, then at the end of the lease term, Tenant agrees to return the premises in a condition that matches the condition of the premises at the beginning of the lease term, as reflected in this checklist, except for such deterioration that might result from normal use of the premises and furnishings.

As part of the consideration for the rental of the premises, Tenant voluntarily assumes the risk of any defects in the premises either known, or that should have been known to Tenant in the exercise of ordinary care at the beginning of the lease term, unless Tenant gives written notice to Landlord to correct the defects, prior to entering into Lease Agreement.

Kitchen: ____________ (OK or Not).
Floors clean
Carpet
Sink
Stopper
Strainer
Countertops
Cabinets
Exhaust fan works
Dishwasher
Refrigerator
Trays and Shelves
Freezer
Microwave
Trash Compactor
Range
Pans/racks
Light switches
Bulbs
Windows
Screens
Drapes, curtains, blinds
Door
Locks
Latches
Surfaces
Walls
Ceiling
Smoke detector
Fire sprinkler, extinguisher

Dining Room: ____________.
Floors
Carpets
Lights
Windows
Screens
Walls
Ceiling
Drapes
Blinds
Shades
Doors
Locks
Latches
Surfaces
Fireplace
Flue clean
Ceiling fan
Smoke detector
Bookshelves
Light Switches

Living Room: ___________.
Floors
Carpets
Lights
Windows
Screens
Walls
Ceiling
Drapes
Blinds
Shades
Doors
Locks
Latches
Surfaces
Doorstops
Fireplace
Flue clean
Ceiling fan
Smoke detector
Bookshelves
Light Switches

Bathroom 1: _________.
Toilet
Faucets
Sink
Stopper
Mirrors
Towel bars
Shower curtain rod
Shower curtain
Shower enclosure
Cabinet
Tile
Tile grouting
Tub caulking
Tub chips
Bulbs
Light Switches
Vent fan
Floors
Walls
Ceiling
Windows
Screens
Curtains
Blinds
Shades
Doors
Locks
Latches
Surfaces

Bathroom 2: __________.
Make Second column and comment accordingly.

Bedroom 1: ___________.
Walls
Floors
Carpets
Ceiling
Lights
Light Switches
Windows
Screens
Curtains
Blinds
Shades
Doors
Locks
Latches
Surfaces
Closets
Smoke alarm

Bedroom 2 or more: _______.
Make extra columns and comment accordingly.

Hall 1: _____________.
Floor
Walls
Stairway
Closets
Ceiling
Light switches
Bulbs
Windows
Doors
Locks
Latches
Surfaces
Smoke alarm

Hall 2: ________.
Make another column and comment accordingly.

Other rooms or locations:

Comments:

Tenant acknowledges that the smoke detector was tested in the Tenant’s presence and operated properly and its operation was explained to Tenant. Tenant agrees to test, and be responsible for testing, the detector at least once every three months and to report any problems to Landlord in writing. If the detector is battery operated, Tenant agrees to replace the battery as necessary with a new alkaline battery (unless applicable laws require otherwise).

_______________          
Tenant                        

_______________
Landlord

Landlord and Tenant acknowledge that they have each read this checklist and agree that the condition and contents of the above-mentioned rental dwelling are, without exception, as represented in this checklist. Tenant understands that Tenant is liable for any damage done to this dwelling as outlined in the Lease Agreement. Both parties acknowledge receiving a copy of this checklist.

_______________          
Tenant                        

_______________
Landlord

Date: __________________