By law, your residence must be in the same condition when you move out as when you moved in. If it isn’t — or if you can't prove that it is — your landlord could keep your security deposit, perhaps costing you thousands of dollars.
To get your deposit back you need to document the condition of your residence (including filling out an inspection checklist) both when you move in and move out.
Watch this video to learn three easy steps that you can take to prove the condition of your residence so that you don’t get nailed! For more on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, check out the handy California Tenants Guide, produced by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.