So at Yellow Oak Inventories we’ve covered why it’s important for a landlord and a letting agent to have a thorough and detailed inventory in place, but why is it important for a tenant? And (as a tenant) what should you be looking out for?
Well at Yellow Oak Inventories we are here to protect all parties involved in the lettings process, therefore we have constructed the following inventory tips for tenants to provide extra peace of mind for those of you that are on the move.
Inventory Tips for Tenants:
- Go through the inventory report with your methodically and slowly.
– Is everything in the property included on the inventory report?
– Is there anything listed on the inventory that you can’t find within the property?
- If your landlord/letting agent doesn’t provide you with an inventory, you can make one yourself. However we would encourage you to instruct an independent inventory clerk, as they are an unbiased third party who will further aid you if there is any form of dispute at the end of the tenancy between you and your landlord.
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- If you haven’t been supplied with an inventory, then ask your landlord/agent for a copy, as a rent paying tenant you are entitled to this.
- If the property includes a garden/outside space/drive-way parking space/etc make sure it is included on the inventory report too.
- Make notes on the inventory of any damage to the property and get agreement from your landlord/letting agent.
- Make sure you use all appliances early in the tenancy to determine if they are working correctly.
- Take your own photos of the property when you first move in, especially of any existing damage.
- Keep your copy of the inventory in a safe place.
- Keep good records, in case of a tenancy deposit dispute further down the line.
– This should include records of anything you’ve damaged or replaced – e.g. photos / estimates/emails.
– Also keep records of repair work carried out by your landlord – e.g. letters / receipts.
- Make sure you are present at the check-out inspection.
Other than your tenancy agreement you should consider your inventory report the second most important part of your tenancy, as this document will be key in deciding how much of your deposit is returned to you at the end of your agreement.