The landlord refuses to do a Final Walk-Through at the time of key transfer at the end of a lease.

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The landlord refuses to do a Final Walk-Through at the time of key transfer at the end of a lease.

My son is in college at North Texas.He is trying to get out of his contract with his landlord one month early.He was told he needs to hand in his keys and leave the electricity on and then the landlord will try and put a new tennant in the apartment. If they do place a new tennant then he could be let out of the lease early.My son moved to a new location and has thoroughly cleaned and painted his old apartment. He as requested a Walk-through be done to verify the state of the apartment as well as the Electricity usage to-date. He has been refused a walk-through by the landlord.

Asked on May 21, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Your son should call a local attorney who handles this type of matter where the apartment is located. He also should take pictures of the apartment with a date stamp if possible. He is also able to call the electric company and request a bill for usage up to a certain date that way he has proof of what was used by him while living there

As for requiring a walk through the landlord should oblige and if he is refusing you really should have a local attorney make a phone call or send a letter. However because this is time sensitive he should do as I said above for saftey and than proceed legally.


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