Tenant cries foul over 'late keys' charge

Says fine is unwarranted because property manager missed move-out inspection

Q: When I was moving out of a condo that I had been renting for nearly seven years, I requested a pre-move-out and a post-move-out inspection from the property management company. It is not legally required where I live, but the property manager agreed to these inspections.

Unfortunately, the property manager showed up a day early so I asked her to come back the next day. She never kept the appointment so I held on to the keys, as I did not want to allow the property manager to see the condo without me being there and possibly find unjustified items to deduct from my security deposit.