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5 things you need to know about inventories

Posted 30 / 09 / 14

An inventory is a record of the contents and condition of a property at a specified date. It is an extremely important document as it can be used to settle disputes at the end of the tenancy regarding deposits.


1.  Landlords should provide you with an inventory at the beginning of the tenancy.

2.  Many inventories contain a clause stating that if you don't request amendments within seven days, you are deemed to have accepted the contents of the document.

3.  Take your time going through each section of the inventory, and take note of any imperfections, even something as trivial as a small scuff on the wall. If the landlord is at the property whilst this is being carried out, make sure you point out any issues.

4.  If your landlord doesn't provide you with an inventory, take photographs to email to them, along with a list of any existing damage to the property and its contents.

5.  Any disputes about the deposit at the end of the tenancy will be resolved by reference to the inventory; so make sure it is carried out as accurately – and in as much detail – as possible.

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