How can an inventory help?
It is most important that
an inventory of contents and schedule of condition be prepared, in
order to avoid misunderstanding or dispute at the end of a tenancy.
Without such safeguards, it will be impossible for the landlord to
prove any loss, damage, or significant deterioration of the property
or contents. In order to provide a complete service to the landlord,
we will if requested arrange for a member of staff to prepare an
inventory and schedule of condition, at a cost to be quoted.
An inventory is a detailed
list of the contents and condition of the property and any items
provided with it, such as furniture or equipment. You should do an
inventory of the property with the landlord or agent before the
tenant(s) move in. Landlords should always check the Inventory is
accurate and that everything is in working order.
The inventory should also
state the condition that everything is in. Make sure you note if
anything is damaged, marked, scratched, burnt or worn. A detailed
inventory can prevent disputes later on. Both the tenant and the
landlord should sign the inventory and keep a copy.
You could also take photos
showing the condition of the property before the tenant moves