The article looks at some of the dangers in using modern technology and devices such as tablets and phones to itemise for inventories in rented properties.
Although the article isn’t in favour of bought-in Inventory packages, much of the rented property industry now uses them for ease and convenience.
We wanted to confirm how important a well-prepared Inventory is, with Tenancy Deposit Schemes in use.
With the possibility of a dispute it is vital to have a clear and precise record of the contents and condition of rented accommodation.
Some of our top tips for rented property inventories include:
* Backing it up with photographs is good practice, but some way of dating the photos is necessary.
* Include readings of the gas and electricity meters if possible.
* Don’t forget to inventory the front and rear gardens of rented properties.
* Several Inventory packages or apps can be bought to make the job easier – it is a simple matter then to update the Inventory after each check in or out.
* If you do have any issues that you want to deduct money for at the end of the tenancy you must advise your outgoing tenants first, and get their agreement – or you could well end up with an indefensible dispute on your hands.
* A clear and FAIR presentation of any potential costs usually prevents disputes.
* Tenants are entitled to know that the reasons why a deduction needs to be made – and this should be presented with a clear record of what and why.
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