How can the tenant prove the condition of the unit?

Before or immediately after moving in, the tenant should walk through the unit with the landlord to make a list and take pictures of all existing damage and necessary cleaning. Both parties should sign two copies of the list and each should get a copy of the signed list to keep in their records.

The tenant should follow the same procedure when moving out. Even if one party refuses to take this walk through with the other, each party alone should carefully document the condition of the unit by making lists and taking pictures. Preferably a disinterested witness can also look at the condition of the unit.

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1. What is a security deposit?
2. For what reasons may the landlord keep the security deposit?
3. How much is the security deposit?
4. Must the landlord hold the security deposit in a special account?
5. When is the tenant entitled to a return of the security deposit?
6. How can the tenant prove the condition of the unit?
7. What steps should the landlord take to keep or return the security deposit?
8. What if the landlord fails to return the deposit?
9. Can the tenant waive the security deposit laws?
10. How much time does a tenant have to bring an action for failure to return deposit?
11. What happens to the security deposit when the landlord transfers ownership of the unit?