First tenant moving in ever. Anything I'm missing?

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Hey everyone,

So today my first ever tenant is moving in. I have a lease ready to go, a Move-In Move-Out Checklist, extra keys have been made, and some information on the neighborhood.

I've already informed them of all the info regarding their utilities. Is there anything else that I should have ready for them?

credit check , criminal background check , copy of all over 18 drivers license , pictures of house before they move in 

Where did you get the lease? Self prepared or?
Are you sure it complies with state law?

BTW--download and print your state statutes. Make sure you stay in compliance as a landlord. Last but not least, make sure you handle security deposits as required by law. 

John Thedford, Real Estate Agent in FL (#BK3098153)
239-200-5600

Whenever possible, I take a video walk-thru of the property with commentary pointing out the condition of the property and any pre-existing damage/defects/dirty areas. Upload it to Youtube for future reference - neither you nor the tenant with remember exactly what the place looked like 1 or 2+ years from now. But Youtube never forgets!

Recent example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Zmt-V75mM

Jeff Copeland, Broker in FL (#BK3326487)
727-235-7988

Make sure they receive any disclosures required by your state. There should be a pamphlet you can print and give to them. As others have suggested, take pictures before so you have an idea of what it looked like after.

On my leases I have a checklist that I go through and check everything off on it's condition with the tenant. So if I look at it after and say well floor was in great condition and you signed off on it and now it's scratched and has a hole in it, well you get the idea lol.

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