Agreeing inventories early avoids deposit disputes
- 25th January 2012
- Renting Property News
The AIIC has criticised the majority of inventories as being unfit for purpose. Here's some Tips on agreeing the perfect inventory.
The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has criticised the majority of inventories as being unfit for purpose.
Although it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide the tenant with an up-to-date and detailed inventory, tenants can benefit from being proactive in this area because it can save them a lot of time, money and stress too.
Stephen Ludlow comments: “Many tenants find disputes over damage costs at the end of a tenancy very stressful. A clear and comprehensive inventory agreed with the landlord at the start of the tenancy means this should not be a problem.
“The end of the tenancy is usually the last thing on a new renter’s mind when they move in, but planning ahead by making sure a strong inventory is agreed is well worth the leg work.”
Tips on agreeing the perfect inventory:
- At the beginning of the tenancy, the landlord must provide the tenant with a thorough inventory, which the tenant must sign within seven days of moving in.
- The inventory must be an unbiased record of the property’s condition.
- Photographic and video evidence alone are completely useless unless accompanied by a detailed report.
- Both the landlord and the tenant should be present at the check-in and check-out of the property so that any problems can be highlighted immediately.
It is also helpful for both the landlord and the tenant to document any professional cleaning or repairs undertaken and to keep all the relevant receipts.
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