Why do I need an Inventory?
Since the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) came into effect in April 2007, it has been more important than ever to have an accurate and up-to-date inventory of all residential rented properties.
In the event of a dispute, this document provides evidence to support the Landlords, Tenants or Agents cases, making them quicker and easier to resolve.
What about unfurnished properties?
Even if you are letting an unfurnished property, an Inventory is still an essential document. Although there will not be any furniture, you still have the walls, floors, windows, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and light fittings. Some unfurnished properties include curtains/blinds, cooker, washing machine etc. - these can be very easily damaged.
If any damage is discovered during the Check-out, this will be documented with photos as evidence.
Because there will be documented evidence of the condition of the property, fixtures and fittings, tenants are encouraged to look after the property more than they would if no such inventory existed.
Most tenancy agreements include the clause that the property should be left as it was when the tenant moved in. By having an Inventory, the tenant will be more likely to spend extra time cleaning before moving out so they can reclaim their entire deposit.
We would recommend the property be professionally cleaned before the start of tenancy, then the tenant do the same at the end of tenancy, therefore leaving no room for dispute with regards to cleanliness.
At the end of tenancy, we will check the condition and contents of the property against the original Inventory made at the start of the tenancy. This document will then enable the Landlord or Agent to agree with the tenant how much of the deposit will be returned to them, after allowing for fair wear and tear.