Inventories

What is an Inventory?

Inventory Assessment

An inventory is a document listing all the spaces in a property, including the garden and outbuildings if appropriate, with a detailed description of the condition and contents - furniture, appliances, decorations, curtains etc. This is agreed at the beginning of the tenancy and is referred back to when the tenant moves out to check for any changes, deterioration or dilapidation.

An inventory should be made shortly before the tenancy commences, the property should have all modifications and refurbishments completed, be clean, tidy and ready to be occupied.

When is a domestic Inventory a good idea?

With the introduction of the new Tenancy Deposit Scheme in 2007, there has never been a more important reason to get a comprehensive and detailed inventory report carried out for any property you intend to let.

If there is a dispute and the landlord and tenant cannot agree on how the deposit should be returned, then the deposit scheme has set up a dispute resolution service. Without a detailed inventory the landlord has little hope of succeeding in a claim against any dilapidation. An independent and unbiased inventory will give landlords, letting agents and tenants peace of mind. This Inventory should be a clear, definitive report, detailing the property and its contents in minute detail.

Building Inventory

If there is a dispute and the landlord and tenant cannot agree on how the deposit should be returned, then the deposit scheme has set up a dispute resolution service. Without a detailed inventory the landlord has little hope of succeeding in a claim against any dilapidation. An independent and unbiased inventory will give landlords, letting agents and tenants peace of mind. This Inventory should be a clear, definitive report, detailing the property and its contents in minute detail.

“Inventories are an absolutely essential document that provide a written benchmark that should be amended, updated and recreated before the beginning of each new tenancy… a necessary investment that helps protect the interests of both landlord and tenant.” –

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)

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