Wear & tear or damage? Cleaning charge? Before and after detail photos help landlords decide.
Nice lights over the kitchen island - however, these lights were installed by the tenant without the owner's permission. The original lights, which were very expensive and had special meaning to the landlord, were never found.
Simple freezer interior shown here at move-in. When landlord saw this photo, he realized he had accidently left something behind - the small cubes in the tray in the upper right corner are actually cut granite stones traditionally used in place of ice cubes when sipping single malt Scotch. He recovered them before the tenant could lose any.
Refrigerator interior at move-in, separate photos of the main interior space and the door are standard practice.
This kitchen faucet is a nice design, but it wasn't the faucet present when the tenant moved in.
Interior photos of microwave ovens and similar appliances not only document their condition, but also provide a visual inventory of removeable items such as the glass plate shown here.
Most shower heads are inexpensive and if tenants replace them with a model they prefer, there's no problem. Landlords who have an expensive product installed at move in will want to make sure the tenant doesn't swap it out for a cheaper product when they leave.
Some tenants maintain gardens like their own, others either neglect or change them despite restrictions included in the lease.