Now that Deposit Protection is a legal requirement it's very important that you have a comprehensive inventory which also acts as a safety check-list and a statement or schedule of condition.
We supply free download copies of DIY Inventories here.
This records all the contents of the property, shows that you have carried out your obligations by checking the safety requirements and also records the state or condition of everything in the property when the tenancy commences compared to when it ends.
Photographic evidence is ideal to supplement a written Inventory, but remember to get your tenants to sign and date the back of your copies of the photographs to indicate agreement. Attach copies of the photographs to the tenant's and the Landlord/Agent's copies of the Inventory for future reference.
Doing an inventory yourself is fine if it's done proper ely, but using an Independent Inventory Company is even better.
You will find a national UK list of Independent Inventory Clerk Companies in the LandlordZONE Directory - Inventory Services
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