The Move-in Inspection
If you are coming from another state, you may be surprised that there is no legal requirement for a landlord to conduct an move-in inspection with you. Most management companies provide an inspection form and ask that the tenant complete it within 3-10 days of their move-in, giving them ample time to meticulously go over the residence and make sure that they note all defects. BE AWARE that most leases, including the AAR (Arizona Association of Realtors) lease notes this and that if the inspection is not returned, the tenant accepts the property “as-is” or unflawed. It is NOT the Landlord’s responsibility to prove the condition prior to your move-in, although most can, by presenting previous photos, invoices for work done prior to your move-in, etc, but, you probably wont see those until you are in court.
Do yourself and your Landlord a favor, protect yourself by completing and returning your Move-in Inspection form, it makes life easier for everyone involved.