If you have paid a bond, your landlord must prepare a ‘Condition Report’, which notes the property’s general condition, including fittings and fixtures.
Even if you have not paid a bond, it is still a good idea to get a ‘Condition Report’.
The ‘Condition Report’ can be used as evidence if there is a dispute about who should pay for cleaning, damage, or replacement of missing items.
If possible, take photos of the premises before you move in to further show their condition.
Your landlord must provide you with two copies of the signed ‘Condition Report’ before you move in.
Review and, if necessary, add your comments to the ‘Condition Report’. Return the report to your landlord within three business days of moving in. All parties should keep their copy of the ‘Condition Report’ until the end of the tenancy.
Your landlord may claim some or all of the bond for cleaning, damage, or replacement of missing items at the end of your tenancy. If the ‘Condition Report’ stated that the work was required at the start of the tenancy, or the items were not listed, it can help you prove the bond should be returned to you.