Under California Law landlords are required to offer tenants a pre move out inspection as well as provide a disposition of deposit within 21 days of the tenant moving out.
The pre move out inspection must be offered in writing prior to the tenant moving out. Search AB-2330 for all the details of the law.
Security deposit dispositions are one of the most disputed items between landlords and tenants. California lawmakers write the laws in favor of the tenants and the judges take their side. It is really important to comply with the requirements. Search CA civil code 1950.5 for details of the law.
If you are handling the move out process for your tenant, please be sure to know all the California laws governing the move out process–it may save you a lot of time, money, and hassle!