Are you responsible for damages if you never received a copy of the move in inspection despite multiple requests?

My mom and I moved into a townhouse in Tennessee in January. I was present when she signed the lease and accompanied her to the unit where we were met by an agent for the rental company for a move in inspection. We were expecting to walk around with the agent, note existing damages, and sign a copy of the inspection. Instead the agent walked around the unit alone taking pictures, videos, and making verbal comments. Then she said she had finished the inspection and sent it to the rental company so nothing could be changed. Nothing was signed, we weren't told about existing damages, and the agent just left. Over the course of the tenancy it has become apparent that many things were broken or faulty and just patched up at best which led to a decision not to renew the lease. For the part three months we have requested to see a copy of this move in inspection to compare the rental company's acknowledged damages to what has broke on us for purposes of dispute but have been ignored. We are at a loss as to what to do next and fear being charged over damages for which we were not to blame. 

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  • R P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The tenant 9s always responsible for damage he, his family, and his guests caused during the tenancy.

  • 1 month ago

    YES you are still responsible for any damages you cause. A move in check list is not legally required.  Nore are they legally required to do a move in walk through with you.  Most landlords do those 2 things as a general courtesy but they do not have to. 

    This is why it is important for you to take YOUR OWN dated pictures at move in. CYA nobody is going to do it for you.  If they try to charge you for things you did not cause then you have to dispute the charges in court. 

  • 1 month ago

    You should not be charged for anything that was broken before moving in but proving you are being overchaged can be difficult. You should've taken your own pictures and notes when you moved in and as you saw things that were broken. Now, I'd just suggest waiting for them to charge you and if you think their charges are wrong then call and tell them where they are messing up. If you can't come to a meeting of the minds then you may have to take them to small claims court where they will have to prove whatever charges they are assessing you.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You were responsible to take your own photos and status report, which you could have sent to the agent/landlord when you first moved in...that is your proof of how the property was when you moved in

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  • 1 month ago

    You are not entitled to their inspection sheet.  If you broke something, that's a damage that you have to pay for.  If something was existing, you would have had to report it upon move in, or as soon as you noticed it.  An inspection report like what you are referring to is not something that is mandated by law.  It is up to the landlord if he chooses to do it that way.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 1 month ago

    what makes you think they noticed the problems in the beginning, maybe they weren't obvious to the agent.

    you are responsible to document with pics/notes any conditions you see at move in.

  • 1 month ago

    There is nothing to do now.

    if it wasn't a dual inspection, when you moved in, you were responsible for taking your own pictures and telling management of any issues that existed.  

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