Whatt o do if when I signed my lease, the landlord’s wife did not sign nor was she part of the move-in inspection but now she’s in charge of my move-out?

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Whatt o do if when I signed my lease, the landlord’s wife did not sign nor was she part of the move-in inspection but now she’s in charge of my move-out?

Now that it is time for me to get my deposit back, she is the one doing the move-out inspection and the one deciding how much of my deposit is returned. Is this legal?

Asked on December 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it's legal. A landlord may delegate anyone to do some of the functions for him--so smaller landlords may have spouses or children collecting rent, doing inspections, etc., whereas larger landlords usually hire a property manager. The person doing the work does not need to be on the lease, and the law does NOT require the landlord to personally do all the functions associated with the rental.


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