California Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection

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California Landlords must give Tenants written notice of their right to request and be present for a pre-move-out inspection within fourteen (14) days of the end of the Tenancy.

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A tenant can ask the landlord to inspect the rental unit before the tenancy ends. During this “initial inspection,” the landlord or the landlord’s agent identifies defects or conditions that justify deductions from the tenant’s security deposit. This gives the tenant the opportunity to do the identified cleaning or repairs in order to avoid deductions from the security deposit. The tenant has the right to be present during the inspection. The landlord must perform an initial inspection as described here if the tenant requests it, but cannot make an initial inspection unless the tenant requests it. However, the landlord is not required to perform an initial inspection if the landlord has served the tenant with a three-day notice (an eviction notice-see below).

Civil Code Section 1950.5(f)(1). The landlord is not required to perform an initial inspection if the landlord has served the tenant with a three-day notice the tenant has failed to pay the rent, violated a provision of the lease or rental agreement, materially damaged the property, committed a nuisance, or used the property for an unlawful purpose.

California Notification of Pre-Move Out Inspection

After either a Tenant or Landlord has given notice of intent to terminate a tenancy, California Landlords must provide Tenants with written notice of their right to request a pre-move-out inspection and be present for that inspection. In addition, the notice must provide Tenants with specific language about reclaiming abandoned property.

Our California Notice of Pre-Move-Out Inspection:

  • Complies with all applicable Notice requirements;
  • Gives Tenants an opportunity to request a pre-move-out inspection;
  • Gives Tenants an opportunity to request to be present for the pre-move-out inspection;
  • States the purpose of the pre-move-out inspection; and
  • Outlines the terms and timeline for returning the security deposit.

Landlords should provide this written notice to all Tenants within a “reasonable” timeframe of either party giving notice that the tenancy will be terminated.

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