Personally what gets me involved is the basic right and wrong aspect of life. I do not want to be part of another's suffering for my dinner, for my shirt, for my water bottle, for my momentary convenience.

Just because you signed the lease and received your keys…don’t think you’re quite done.

You now have a limited amount of time to assess the rental property’s condition before you accept the unit “as-is.” The LAST thing you need or want is to be held accountable for damages or other problems that occurred before you moved in.

It doesn’t have to be an award winning masterpiece – but it is proof of what you find, should you need it.

Capture pictures of anything that appears to be excessively worn, damaged or inoperative.

They only have a job because I need them, like everyone else, but when I get mad I think, I'll be damned if I at won't at least try in my own way. Well, it feels like the right thing to me, and this is very personal — but it also feels like it defines who I am. So much of our lives are defined by habit or what the guy next to us is doing never wondering and knowing who and what we support with our actions from the detergent Mom always used, to my favorite dish I make...a lot of my life is unexamined habit. AM I someone who does all I can, or someone who believes the other guy will take care of it, it's his fault "over there"? Well, we have two ways to go; science or spirituality.

And it IS also his fault over there and that also needs to be addressed and we have a HUGE right to be mad! It may not be mine but it is still someone's, at the least it's still on God's earth, it's still natures, or God's, backyard. Science is finding out all kinds of fascinating things about how every part of life supports other parts of life and it only works as a whole.

Before you proceed in taking anything up with the landlord, decide realistically if the problem is worth mentioning.

While major items are one thing, you don’t want to be perceived as a problem tenant.

In addition, the landlord should have given you a checklist to make notes of the property’s condition. Turn on the lights, the water faucets – and the shower!

Check the thermostats and make notes of any existing damage such as cabinet fronts, walls or countertops.

Don’t be confrontational – just cordial and friendly.