Did you know... January 10, 2022


The legislature is at it again!  House Bill 1300 and Senate Bill 5576 are draft bills proposing legislation intended to protect tenant deposits.

The measures include the following provisions:

  • Require more detailed move in/move out inspection reports.
  • Require the housing provider to provide documentation of estimates or invoices for cleaning or repair before retaining any portion of the security deposit.
  • Excludes ‘wear from ordinary use of the premises’, defined as, “Deterioration from intended use, breakage or malfunction, excluding abuse, accident and negligence.”
  • Excludes carpet cleaning beyond “wear from ordinary use.”
  • Allows the tenant to request a walkthrough in which the tenant is present, and which will occur between 14 and 30 days before the termination of the tenancy.  Immediately following the walkthrough, the landlord must provide a written checklist or statement, which shall be signed by the landlord and tenant.

*It is unclear whether this inspection is intended to be the final inspection.

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