Landlords and tenants who take a thirty-minute look together at the condition of the unit at the beginning of the lease may save countless hours and dollars in arguing at the end of the lease over who, what and when. You can just hear it now, "That hole in the wall was here when I got here. I did not kick it in and I am not responsible for repairing it," says the tenant in a convincing voice.
"Sure," says the landlord, "I don't recall a hole when you moved in and I find it hard to believe that you would live with it without complaint for all this time." "My original oil painting covered it nicely so I forgot about it," is the next response. Who wins? Why get in this predicament when it can all be prevented by cooperation and communication?