Inventory essential for both tenant and landlord

As an inventory clerk, I am frequently in rental properties.  Landlord’s can, and do, lease their properties in a variety of states.  Some are immaculately presented, professionally cleaned throughout, whilst others leave much to be desired in terms of cleanliness.  A tenant accepts the lease of the property in its current state.  So how should the tenant leave the property at the end of the tenancy?

Leave a rental property as clean as you find it

Ensure windows are cleaned

The immediate reaction would be to say “As you found it” but what happens when the tenant leaves the property in a mess?  I know that landlords always believe that their property was at least clean and tidy when it was leased, so the temptation to withhold the tenant’s deposit is high.  For an ethical landlord they are now in a position of needing to prove the neglect of the tenant.

If at the end of a tenancy there is a dispute, then an inventory taken at the start of the tenancy, becomes priceless.  It provides independent, documentary and photographic evidence of the state of the property, of both the fabric of the building and the contents.  A property that was immaculate at the start of the tenancy will have no defects listed in the inventory; all the photographs will be proof of the condition that the property was leased in.  The inventory will support the claim of the landlord and his right to withhold the tenant’s deposit.  On the other hand, if the property was grubby and uncared for at the start of the tenancy, then the inventory can be used by the tenant to prove that they have indeed left the property as they found it.

Why take the risk?

A professional inventory will uphold the claim of the innocent party, be it landlord or tenant.

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One Response to Inventory essential for both tenant and landlord
  1. Inventories
    September 22, 2011 | 9:06 am

    […] Undoubtedly by the end of the tenancy, there will be evidence that the property has been lived in.  Some wear and tear has to be expected.  But the landlord has a right to expect that the tenants will take due care of their property. […]

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