Even if your landlord seems happy-go-lucky upon moving in, there's always a chance they won't be so nice when you move out. Keep all parties accountable and in check for a hassle-free lease with a little help from your camera.
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As much as we'd like to say every landlord out there has a heart of gold, the truth is, economic times are tough. Even if you have left your last rental property sparkling clean, there's rarely any proof as to what it looked like before you moved in unless you create your own. Landlords have been known to claim things are in need of repair, paint or cleaning just to weasel a few more dollars out of your pocket before you officially turn over the keys. More often than not tenants are willing to just pay off final bills with landlords to be out and gone, but that's obviously not fair. Instead of dealing with the game playing, kill any suspicion before it starts by taking before-and-after photos — both are imperative.
Before-and-after photos leave little room for manipulation or consequence. We've put our before-and-after photos to the test by a landlord who claimed our tenancy resulted in water damage. Out came the pictures, which happily proved the condition existed before our arrival and no more questions were asked.
How have you dealt with a bad landlord in the past? Sound off in the comments.
Protect Yourself From Unscrupulous Landlords [Charles and Hudson]