insurance is a form of property insurance that provides coverage for a
policyholder's belongings and liability within a rental property. Renter's
insurance applies to persons renting or subletting a single family home,
apartment, duplex, condo, studio, loft or townhome. The policy protects against
losses to the tenant's personal property within the rented property. In
addition, a renter's insurance policy protects against losses resulting from
liability claims, such as injuries occurring on the premises that are not due
to a structural problem with the property (in this case, the owner's - not
renter's - policy would apply).
Find renter’s insurance – link: http://www.insurancequotes.org/renters-insurance/
Contact utility providers to
arrange for service:
Complete a move-in inspection form.
Many property managers provide this form at move
in. Complete it carefully and within the
timeframe required by the landlord. Save a copy of it
with your lease. This document is important if conflicts arise
with the return of security deposits at the end of your lease.
If your property manager
does not provide a move-in inspection
form, create one yourself.
Check that the rental has smoke detectors and that they work.
Landlord and Tenant statute states, “The landlord
shall ensure that a smoke detector is operable and in good repair at the
beginning of each tenancy.” When you move in, check that
the smoke detectors work.
If they do not, notify the landlord immediately.
Purchase at least one fire extinguisher and learn
how to use it.
The property manager may, but is not required to provide a fire extinguisher. Type ABC is intended for
use of several types of
household fires including those caused by cooking, combustible materials, or
is electrical. You can
purchase a fire extinguisher at
a local hardware store.
Write or email a note to your landlord specifying tenants who will vacate
the premises. If some of your roommates want to remain beyond the lease term,
they should check that it is available and sign a new lease, or negotiate an
extension with the landlord.
Provide a forwarding address
If you want to
get your security deposit back, provide your landlord with a forwarding address.
Landlords have 30 days after termination of tenancy to return your
You need leave
the property in the same condition you found it. Don't leave anything that
wasn’t there to start unless you have made special arrangements with your
landlord. Take the trash out to your rollout trashcan or the dumpster. Clean
thoroughly, including appliances, fixtures, and floors.
Don’t forget to turn
in your keys, forward
mail, and disconnect utilities.