Generally, the tenant is not responsible for defects that existed before the tenant occupied the premises. The purpose of a movein inspection is to determine any defects before the tenant moves in. If you signed the movein inspection list and failed to identify the missing and torn screens, you can be charged for the replacement and repair of those screens. The movein list is conclusive as to the condition of the apartment at the time you moved in. If you noted the condition of the screens on the list at the time of the inspection, the cost of the repair should not be deducted from your security deposit.
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