California Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection

The landlord must give the tenant written notice of the tenant’s right to request an initial inspection of the rental and to be present during the inspection.

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California Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection

After either the tenant or the landlord has given notice of intent to terminate the lease or rental agreement, the tenant has the right to request an initial inspection before moving out. As the landlord, you must give your tenant written notice of their right to this inspection, which you can do with this California Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection.

Within reasonable time before the tenant vacates the premises and the lease or rental agreement has terminated, the tenant may request that you perform an inspection to determine cleaning or repair items that should be fixed before the tenant moves out. These are items that would otherwise be deducted from the tenant’s security deposit upon moving out.

Who: The landlord is required in the state of California to give this Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection to the tenant within a reasonable amount of time before the tenant moves out and the lease or rental agreement is terminated.

What: This document constitutes formal notice that the tenant has the right to an inspection of the leased premises before terminating the lease. It lets the tenant know that they may not only request this inspection, but that they may also request to be present during the inspection. This inspection will allow the tenant to understand exactly what damages they have incurred and what they can do before they vacate to avoid deductions from their security deposit.

When: This notice should be served to the tenant soon after either you or the tenant has given notice of intent to terminate the lease or rental agreement. Note that you must notify the tenant of their rights in this situation within “reasonable time” so that they may schedule an inspection if they choose.

Related Documents:

If you are a landlord in California, you may also want to take a look at a few other related forms and documents that may be of help to you, including but not limited to:

IMPORTANT: Please note that in California you must legally provide your tenants with notification of their right to request an inspection before they move out. If you do not provide them with this notification, and you proceed to deduct damages and repairs from their security deposit after they move out, you may be subject to legal action. Serving your tenants with this notice will ensure that you can use their security deposit as you need to in order to make repairs after they have moved out.

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