Before signing the lease and paying any non-refundable deposit, the tenant and landlord should inspect the property together. A detailed record of the condition of the property, including the yard if renting a house, should be made. This not only protects the tenant from being charged for damages he / she did not incur, but provides the landlord with a list of defects needing correction.
Checklist for Inspection
If the landlord does not provide you with a detailed inspection checklist, you may download a checklist (DOC) or obtain one from the City of Sidney Fair Housing Coordinator. Although a tenant is not responsible for normal wear and tear, damages caused by a tenant, or guest of a tenant may be the responsibility of the tenant. A list of some common damages versus normal wear and tear (PDF) is available. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and should be used for general guidance only.