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How to move into your new tenancy
The day has finally come where you are going to move into your new lease. The first part is researching the market for housing, and you are now ready for the big move-in.
Just as with so much else within the tenancy law and the very act of living for rent, there are always a number of things that you need to be aware of.
And especially when it comes to moving in, there are some special circumstances that you really need to keep a close eye on, as it can have a big impact on your moving out and the final statement for it.
For this, we will guide you safely through your move-in, so that you have complete control over all the steps, deadlines and requirements that must be in place in order to feel completely safe in your new home.
What is a moving-in inspection?
Before you can really start to feel comfortable in your new home, a move-in inspection must be carried out, which is often a very natural part of the takeover process.
When you receive the keys to the rental home, then your landlord and yourself will take a tour of the home to determine the condition in which the dwelling is.
Therefore, the move-in view incredibly important as the sight helps to determine what possible repairs you are liable for when you move out of the rental property again.
Who should be represented to the move in?
Now, we mentioned that the move in often happens as a natural part of the day you take over the keys to the lease, but it is not actually a requirement. The landlord is welcome to send a representative instead.
Likewise, it is not a requirement that you yourself be present at the move-in inspection – although we would strongly recommend that you participate.
If you choose not to be participating in the move-in inspection, then you must receive a move-in report no later than 14 days after the move-in inspection has been carried out.
If you do not receive this report, it means that the move-in inspection has not been held. Thus, your landlord can not demand payment for the renovation of the apartment when you move out, as the condition of the apartment can not be documented.
What is the difference between a private landlord and a professional landlord?
Always remember that it is your landlord’s responsibility to hold and monitor a move-in inspection, and it is also your landlord who must be able to prove that the move-in inspection has been held.
However, there is a difference to be a private landlord and professional landlord. The professional landlord is obliged to hold a move-in inspection, and if this does not happen, then lose the landlord has the right to charge for the renovation of the rental property.
The private landlord – that is, a private person who only rents out one home or one room – is not obliged to hold a move-in inspection. But it’s always a good idea to hold the inspection in order to determine the condition of the lease.
What happens then if there is not a move-in inspection?
Let us now say that your landlord has not held occupancy inspection, then it has one crucial whether you live for rent with a private landlord or with one professional landlord.
The private landlord
As the private landlord is not obliged to hold a move-in inspection, so will it is your responsibility as a tenant to point out the flaws and shortcomings that are in the lease when you move in.
The private landlords can therefore charge a fee for the renovation of the rental home, even if no occupancy inspection has been carried out.
The professional landlord
That conditions change if you live for rent with a professional landlord. Here the landlord loses the right to charge for the renovation of the tenancy, if the move-in inspection has not been held.
If your landlord is still trying to use your deposit or otherwise requires you to pay for the renovation of the tenancy when you move out, then you can refer to the fact that your landlord has not held a move-in inspection.
That is your landlord who must be able to prove that one has made a settlement inspection. If you have not been informed about this sight, then it is not valid, and it will be considered an unobserved move-in view.
Here you must pay special attention:
- Your landlord may well write in the lease that a move-in inspection has been held. If it is not the case, then make sure the landlord to correct this detail in the lease.
- If your landlord is sloppy and hurried during the actual move-in, then you need to be extra thorough when filling out the error and defect list. Otherwise, you risk for repairs that you have not really been to blame for.
- Keep in mind that if not you have received a move-in report within 14 days of the agreed move-in date, then your landlord loses his right to collect money in connection with the renovation of the rental home.
- Get it filled out now fault and defect list thoroughly. Do yourself that favor and add those yourself smallest thing. Better safe than sorry – and remember that the list must be made no later than 14 days after you moved in.
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The move-in report
When you and your landlord have reviewed the condition of the rental property, then it is your landlords responsibility to complete a move-in report. The report is both yours and your landlord’s proof that an inspection has been carried out.
Everything that has to do with the condition of the rental home is thus described here, and since it is roughly the same procedures that apply to both moving in and moving out, it will also be the same areas that are reviewed.
- Is the paint sufficently done?
- The condition of the floor
- The condition of the ceiling
- The windows
- The lists
- The doors
These areas will be roughly affected by a move-in report, and the report will be proof of how the condition of the rental home is when moving in.
I have never received a move-in report - so what?
Are you in the situation that you never received one move-in report?
In that case, the same rules apply as if no occupancy inspections have been carried out. Your landlord must be able to document the condition of the lease when you moved in.
Should I fill out a defects and maintenance list?
If you have not been held move-in inspection, or if you have discovered any faults and deficiencies in your rental housing after the move-in inspection, then you have the opportunity to fill in an error and shortage list.
This must be filled in and handed in no later than 14 days after you have moved in. Should a conflict arise when you move out of your rental home, the list of errors and deficiencies has the same evidentiary status as the move-in report.
A good piece of advice is to take pictures of all the defects you see.
If you exceed the deadline of 14 days, it is, in principle, not valid. You are therefore liable for any errors and omissions that could potentially have been made by the previous tenant.
That is why we would like to emphasize the importance of being thorough when reviewing your rental property for errors and missing. Both in terms of the documentation itself, but also when it comes to the deadline of the 14 days.
We have made an error and missing template, which you can download yourself completely free right here.
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10 good tips for when you move into a new apartment.
If you find it a bit confusing, in relation to what you need to be in control of and not have control over when you are going to move into your new rental home, so just take it easy.
We have compiled a list of 10 good ones advice that you can follow to make your move as safe and good as possible.
1. Examine the tenancy before moving in
Feel free to go to work thoroughly, before you are moving into your upcoming rental property. To the extent possible, it is a good idea to review the home in great detail.
Do you have complete control over the home condition, and the errors & omissions that may be, then you can at best avoid potential conflicts that may arise during the eviction.
Just remember to document it all in writing!
2. What should you pay in rent?
Before you sign the lease, then it may be a good idea to check up on the rent level for the area you are going to live in.
If now your rent is significantly higher than equivalent rental housing in the same area, then it could indicate that your rent is set too high.
3. Who is listed as a tenant in the lease?
If now you have to move in with 1 or more people – it could e.g. be a boyfriend or a friend – then you have to be careful considerations about who will be written on the lease.
Let’s say you are not on the lease with your boyfriend. So you will be exposed to the fact that you may not stay living if you were to leave now each other and your boyfriend moves out of the home.
The same considerations you should make if you are going to move along with 1 or more friends. In this way, you are all equally liable for the rental property.
4. Is your lease limited in time?
Is your lease limited in time? And what is due the time limit? There is a rule in the Rent Act that a landlord may only time limit a lease if there is a special reason for this.
5. The condition of the home
If your landlord has more than one lease that is rented out, the person in question has a duty to make a so-called moving-in inspection, where you review the condition of the lease together.
If the move-in inspection does not happen, then your landlord can not charge your deposit for repairs, then the condition of the dwelling at the time of moving in cannot be documented.
The move-in view is also a good one opportunity to ask other practical questions to your landlord that you might is in doubt regarding the move-in.
6. Take pictures of the lease
It is a good idea to take pictures of your tenancy upon moving in. We also reviewed this under the section for errors & omissions.
Again, the overall purpose is to be able to prove what the rental property looked like when you moved in. Remember to take the pictures and send them off to your landlord within the first 14 days along with your fault & missing list.
7. Payment of deposit and prepaid rent
According to the Tenancy Act, your landlord may charge a maximum of three months deposit and three months prepaid rent.
Consumption must not be included in the total sum that you have to pay when moving in, and in addition, your landlord can either do not require the amount to be paid in cash.
8. Once you have moved in
Now you’ve done all of the above survey work and you are finally ready to move in.
Here it is that you have 14 days to fill out your defects & missing list.
A strong recommendation from here is that you should rather write one few points too much than a few points too little. And once again, remember to post the list no later than 14 days after you have moved in.
9. Everything must be documented in writing!
Need to make some important appointments with your landlord regarding your lease, be sure to have it in writing. That way, you can always prove that you have entered into an agreement in the event that the landlord does not comply with it. This way you avoid unnecessary conflict, as you always have documentation on your agreements.
10. Payment of rent.
The last item on the list is the payment of your rent. Often you just want to sign up for your account with an automated payment service, and then you don’t have to think about it.
As a tenant, you always have several payment options, so should your landlord demand the rent in cash, you can therefore reject this claim.
And then we will also advise you against cash payment of your rent.
We are ready to help you with your lease
If you suspect that there are any legal matters that your landlord does not comply with in connection with your lease, then we are ready to help you.
Through our member club DIGURA Home, you can get legal advice from our competent advisers, so you can always feel completely safe as a tenant.