What is an “initial move out inspection”?
For your protection and benefit your landlord must give you the opportunity for an initial move-out inspection, to be held not earlier than two weeks before the your departure date. At the inspection, the landlord should make a list of the intended security deposit deductions (for damage or excessive wear and tear). The tenant may remedy the problems, keeping in mind any repair restrictions in the lease or rental agreement. Landlords can then deduct for un-remedied problems. Landlords can also deduct for deficiencies that were not apparent during the inspection due to the presence of the tenant’s possessions and for deficiencies that appear after the inspection.
How do I determine how clean I have to leave the unit before I vacate?
For rentals that began on or after January 1, 2003, tenants must return the premises in the same state of cleanliness that they were in when the tenancy began. You are entitled to an initial move out inspection to take place during the last two weeks of your tenancy. During the initial move out inspection your landlord will provide you with his/her expectations of the condition for which you should leave your place. During the inspection you can negotiate with your landlord and get your agreements in writing.
Do I need to give 30-days notice of my intent to vacate on a fixed term lease?
No. It is only necessary to give written notice on a month-to-month agreement. The fixed term lease will end on the date specified in the agreement. Should you wish to stay, a written notice is recommended to make this clear to your landlord/manager. A new agreement can then be arranged.
Do I need to give 30 or 60 days notice to my landlord when I want to move out?
You do not need to give 60 days notice. 30 days is all you must give as a tenant. This only applies to month-to-month agreements and not to leases. Under a lease, a tenant generally must get permission from the property manager to sublet or assign the lease to a new tenant.