MOVING IN THE TENANT
Source: Property Management for Dummies
By: Robert Griswold
new tenants ask if they can begin moving just a few items into the
rental unit before your pre-occupancy conference. Do not allow
it! You will create a tenant/landlord relationship simply by
letting the new tenants have access to the rental unit without being
there or by allowing them to store even a few items in the unit.
If you need to cancel the rental for any reason, you would then need to
go through a formal legal eviction that could take several weeks.
Although the rental
property should be in rent-ready condition before being shown to rental
prospects, the property can quickly get dirty or dusty if there is any
delay between showing the property and the actual tenant move-in.
So before meeting with your tenant prior to move-in, make one last
visit to the rental unit and go through your rent-ready inspection
checklist again just to make sure that there will be no surprises when
move-in day arrives.
Moving is very
stressful for most people, and if your new tenants have a bad move-in
experience it can last for months, or even stay in their minds
throughout their entire tenancy. Many aspects of the tenant’s
move are beyond your control. Although you can not guarantee your
new tenant’s a simple and painless move, you can take steps to ensure
that you are organized and ready to handle any complaints or concerns
about their new home. If at all possible, arrange to be available
or on the premises during their move-in so you can answer any questions