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What is an inventory and why is it important I have one when I let my property

An inventory and schedule of condition is a full list of every item within a property this includes but not limited to

  • walls
  • ceilings
  • fixture and fittings
  • paint colours
  • floor coverings
  • cupboards
  • windows
  • doors
  • kitchen units and appliances
  • bathrooms
  • furniture
  • gardens
  • garages
  • sheds etc.
  • if furnished, all furnished items.

It’s a very detailed document that also makes note of the condition of every item stated and is often supported by digital photographs.

The introduction of mandatory deposit protection schemes now mean inventory management and schedule of condition reports have become the most important documents required at the start of a tenancy – besides from the tenancy agreement.

If a landlord takes a deposit from their tenant (nearly all landlords and agents do), then by law the landlord must protect it in one of the government approved schemes. If a landlord is unfortunate enough to find damage to their property, poor cleanliness, missing items, strong odours or anything that is not how the property was originally rented (subject to fair wear and tear), then they will want to claim against the deposit to compensate.

The inventory and schedule of condition, along with a check-out report, is a landlord’s evidence of the exact contents and condition of the property when the tenant moves in.

Without it, a landlord cannot prove that any subsequent damage or theft was down to the tenant and does not stand a chance of securing a claim when it goes to an adjudicator.

Contact London Cleaning and maintenance today and let us organise this for you.