What do we do it the landlord doesn’t show up for final walk through?

By Itawei

We have been renting this place since 1/05. The lease expires on 4/30/09. In January e told our landlord that we won’t renew it. He never got in touch with us to discuss this it. In the meantime he hired a realtor. Last week we sent him an email and told him our moving plan. We told him that he has to be at the house for the final walkthrough. If he would be unable to come, he can give the authority to a person of his choice. We insist on getting a written authority letter signed by him. This letter has to include the name of the person who can act on his behalf. His signature has to be authenticate by a notary public. This action is necessary because he is our landlord and only he can take over the apartment. The ownership of this duplex is not clear to us. In my opinion it really doesn’t matter. His name is on the lease contract and that is fact. We haven’t gotten a reply so far and we might not get one. We are sure that this family tries to trick us. We gave them a 2.5 month deposit. We live close to NYC. You can imagine how much money that is. We always paid the rent on time. We are going to leave this place spotless. We would do everything to make this so smooth as possible but our landlord doesn’t make it easy.

My question is: What do we do when he doesn’t show up on 4/30 and nobody else shows up? If you have any other suggestions which could be helpful to us, please post them. Thank you.

Edited on: Monday, June 11th, 2012 11:36 am

2 Responses to “What do we do it the landlord doesn’t show up for final walk through?”

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April 16th, 2009 12:11 pm

Your landlord actually charged you 2.5 months as a deposit? Wow, that’s really high. Not sure but I bet that wasn’t even legal. Most states set a cap on how much deposit can be collected… more than not the amount is no more than 1.5 times rent.
But, that doesn’t do much good for you. If the landlord or representative fails to show up to do the final walk-through I would suggest taking pictures of the unit. (I suggest taking the pictures with a copy of todays newspaper as a date reference.)


April 16th, 2009 12:13 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. If the landlord doesn’t come to the final check-out you will also want to start a legal paper trail. The best way to do that is through the RPA Complaint center. You’ll have to pay some minimal filing fees, but it should guarantee your deposit.
Good Luck!


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