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We would not be doing our job properly if we did not advise you of ways that you can protect yourself and contribute towards a smooth running tenancy. Most tenants are now increasingly aware of their rights, particularly concerning the protection of their deposit.
Deposit disputes can be one of the biggest problems for both parties involved in rental property, and many potential issues can be avoided if a professional inventory is prepared.
A true inventory is not simply a list of items in a property; it should also include a clear and accurate description of the condition and cleanliness of each item detailed, so that this can be used as a solid record on which to base the final inspection of the property and in deciding if any deductions are necessary.
Photographs are excellent supporting evidence for comments made in a written inventory but should not be considered a substitute for the written word. Ideally, photographs should be signed, dated and accepted by the tenant at the outset and again at the check-out stage.
Bay advise preparing and providing us with a comprehensive inventory of all the contents and features of the property, including walls, surfaces, ceilings and doors and taking photographs throughout as evidence of the property's condition at the start of the tenancy. We can then present these to the tenant on your behalf at the start of the tenancy.
It is important to note that some aspects of a property, such as paintwork, will naturally deteriorate over time. Therefore a landlord should not request that items be restored to a condition surpassing the quality established at the start of the lease. Allowances must be made for fair wear and tear by the occupier relative to the length of time in the property, the number of occupiers etc.
A well put together inventory can give both landlords and tenants peace of mind throughout the tenancy and ensures both parties are in agreement over the quality of the property being rented.
Inventory production is not included in our management service as standard, however, if you would like us to prepare an inventory for your property please speak to a member of staff and we can either organise this for you or issue a precedent inventory template to assist you!
There's a better way to sell or let your home. At Bay, we really know the property market. We're local and we'll gladly share our knowhow and experience with honest advice that will be just right for you. So whether you're buying, selling or letting, get in touch. We're here to help.