“Animal hoarding” – The importance of mid-term inspections

A horrific story in the news recently definitely brings home the importance of quarterly/mid-term inspections, which I’d like to share with you all.

The shocking discovery was made by a Wisconsin landlord, who had heard barking coming from his rented property; only to open the door and almost be trampled by more than 30 dogs!

Employed as a cleaner, the tenant had only lived there since December 2014 but in 4 short months had accumulated 36 dead dogs, 29 dead cats and 85 starving dogs in the rural rented abode!
Given free reign of the house, animal faeces and urine covered the entirety of the property – with dogs found in closets, crates, duct work and some poor puppies were even found in the stove!

Taking almost 5 hours to round up the living animals, the tenant could now face up to three years in prison for ‘felony aggravated animal cruelty’ plus other charges.

Apart from an obvious lack of tenant referencing (as this tenant is apparently notorious for leaving property in an awful state) this could have all been avoided if a simple quarterly/mid-term inspection had taken place.

Without a firm damage estimate yet, the distraught landlord anticipates at least having to cut out and replace the flooring throughout the house. But we would hazard a guess that the costs will run into many thousands of dollars.

So a quarterly/mid-term inspection at the three month mark might seem a little unnecessary but considering this lettings nightmare it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry!

At Yellow Oak Inventories we are true believers that Evidence Is Everything when it comes to your buy-to-let investment. Therefore a quarterly/mid-term inspection, alongside a check-in and check-out report, will ensure that your tenant is looking after your property as well as fully supporting any future deposit dispute claims.

Prevention is better than cure and the condition of your property is of paramount importance. You want it to be both protected and respected; so a quarterly/mid-term inspection coupled with an inventory is a no brainer really, isn’t it?

At Yellow Oak Inventories we offer cost effective prices, for the utmost quality and detailed inventory reports and interim inspections around; from as little as £60 per quarterly/mid-term inspection reports! (excluding VAT).

Contact Yellow Oak Inventories today and discover how we can help you get the most out of your business.

Give us a call on 020 3713 4933 or email us at info@yellowoak.co.uk.


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