Uncategorized September 6, 2011

Signatures; we don’t need no stinkin’ signatures..

That the Washington State Landlord/Tenant Act requires a written move in inspection report, signed by both parties, if a deposit is collected?

* If there’s no written inspection report, the landlord can’t withhold any portion of the deposit, even if the tenant significantly damages the property and owes back rent.
Without a written report, documenting the condition of the property at move in, it is impossible to prove that any damage didn’t pre-date the tenant’s occupancy. The law specifies a written report; photos alone won’t suffice.