Move-out inspections in Illinois and bad faith

movingvan“Moving Week” ends today with a final installment about move-out.  If you have ever seen me at a speaking engagement on landlord-tenant law, you have probably heard me opine about what I think is a great way to manage risk when a tenant moves out.  I think landlords should go out of their way to make sure that they have an opportunity to conduct an in-person move-out inspection walk-through with a tenant.  Personal contact is the key.  The landlord is there.  The tenant is there.  Any damage or lack of damage is mostly obvious and it is pretty darn difficult for a tenant to claim that the door is not broken when both the landlord and the tenant are standing in front of the broken door!

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