Before a cheap move, the landlord or tenant must go through several stages, several months and weeks before the moving day. In addition to packing up his belongings and dismantling his furniture, he will have to carry out a number of administrative steps to facilitate his integration into his new residence. Among these steps, there is the inventory of fixtures for a rental.

What does this procedure consist of?

This step is very important, it will enable the tenant to protect himself and to recover his security deposit. It consists of comparing the condition of the property when the keys are handed over, after the lease has been signed, with its condition at the end of the lease. The inventory of fixtures is carried out in the presence of the landlord or his agent, when the tenant has emptied all his belongings. The comparison is made using the form used to draw up the entry inventory of fixtures. By comparing the two documents, the landlord will know whether his dwelling has been returned to him in the same condition as when he gave it to the tenant.

The comparison is made during an empty inspection of the dwelling room by room. All items will be inspected, especially if the dwelling is equipped. This step allows the landlord to check whether the tenant has complied with his obligations during his tenancy, and offers the tenant a right of reply. The tenant must have a copy of the form used to draw up the entry inventory of fixtures on that day.

As you prepare to move in, remember that you will have a number of administrative steps to take. Among other things, you must notify the various public and private organisations of your change of address and your children's school transfer.

When to carry out an empty inspection

It is important to inform the owner of the home you have rented, of the date of your cheap move. Also, if you have decided to terminate your lease, you must absolutely inform him/her in advance, as this is compulsory, as it avoids disputes between the landlord and the tenant.

How is the empty inspection carried out?

The landlord or the person responsible for representing him will use the form drawn up on the day of the inventory of fixtures at the entrance. This form provides information on the condition of the walls, floor, ceilings, plumbing and fittings, heating, electrical installations and all equipment. It will then draw up a list of the damages that will be compensated by the tenant. The latter also risks not recovering his security deposit if the cost of the work exceeds the amount of the deposit. Also, during this process, all the meters will be read.

What to do in the event of damage?

The tenant will have to pay for the repair of damaged equipment, provided that the wear and tear is not due to natural ageing. In this case, the landlord has no right to impose on the tenant the responsibility to repair them. However, it is important for a tenant to maintain the premises in the condition in which he found them. For example, if the paint was fresh and the walls had no defects on the day of the empty inspection, they should be as they were on the day of the inspection. This is why the tenant must ensure that his dwelling is maintained throughout the duration of his tenancy contract, in order to return it in the state in which he found it. This will also avoid having to spend a large amount of money on repairs. If they wish to move to their new home more cheaply, they should avoid any additional costs by recovering, as far as possible, the deposit they paid when they moved into their old home.
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