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5.7 Summary

In the last section of the course, you examined some important issues relating to moving in. Here are the key points.

  • Landlords are allowed to charge a security deposit of half the monthly rent.
  • Landlords are allowed to charge a pet damage deposit of half the monthly rent, if pets are allowed.
  • It is important for both the tenant and the landlord to cooperate and complete a move-in condition inspection report.
  • The move-in condition inspection is your chance to document damage that wasn’t your fault, and ask your landlord to make repairs required by law.
  • Regardless of whether or not it is a requirement of your agreement, tenant insurance is something that all tenants should strongly consider.
  • At the start of your tenancy, you have the right to have the locks re-keyed or changed.  Your landlord is not allowed to charge you a fee for this.