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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 tenancy.

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 process.

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 Solicitors, and can be contacted at

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