When you are dealing with a property management company alone, you really have limited control of the situation. Some of these companies manage properties across multiple states. Usually they have a lawyer and collections people working directly on their staff. So for them to come after you, or try to intimidate you into paying for things, might sometimes be seen as, business as usual. Like I have said before, these are corporations that are continuously looking to increase and maintain profits.
By joining the Idaho Tenants Union (ITU) you will get multiple levels of assistance in making sure that you are treated fairly and that you get back your security deposit.
If you are about to move into or you have just moved into a new apartment or rental home;
- We will send out a walk-through consultant to your new home (Boise and surrounding cities – Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Star, Meridian, Eagle). While there, we will document the initial walkthrough with video recordings and photos, along with helping you fill out and turn in your initial move in document. This is critical. The more physical evidence you can acquire and have on file the less likely it is that they will try to charge you for it at the end of your lease.
- We will make digital copies of your rental contract, move in walkthrough document, and any other documentation you receive.
- We store everything in our “digital vault” accessible to you through our website. (We can also provide you with digital copies on a flash drive for only *$9.99)
When you are about to move out;
- We will once again send out a walk-through consultant. This time they will be there during the walk through inspection with your property manager. Video and photos will be taken to document everything. Once the inspection is over we will create a digital copy of the inspection sheet, and request a document from the rental company stating anything that they found or didn’t find and giving you a date as to when you can expect your security deposit and the amount. Once again, documentation is critical.
- If there are any discrepancies, you will have access to your initial documentation and photos from when you moved in.
*The ITU does not provide legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice the ITU can point you in the direction of an affordable residential real estate lawyer.