Landlords Should Use Inventories
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4 October 2012
Most landlords will know that having an
inventory for a tenanted property is essential as it helps reduce the
possibility of a dispute arising over the deposit at the end of the
Tenants often return the property in an unclean state or beyond normal
wear and tear and yet demand the deposit is returned in full.
Professional cleaning or replacement of items is often required when
the tenant moves out and the landlord is entitled to cover this cost
from the tenant's deposit.
A combination of check in/out reports and inventories aid communication
between the landlord and tenant and avoid the chance of a dispute
arising. Where a dispute does arise, it will be dealt with by the
Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme provider, which can be a protracted
There is also the risk of a dispute arising where a landlord has
carried out his/her own inventory, and it may therefore be advisable to
seek the service of a professional agent where this is viable. It is
also recommended that both parties inspect the property and then sign
off the Inventories at the start and at the end of the tenancy.
Author: Inam Ali is an Associate Solicitor at Lawdit
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-11-06 09:03:51 in Legal Articles