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Inventory / Schedule of Condition – what is it and why is it needed?

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Inventory / Schedule of Condition – what is it and why is it needed?
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Put very simply, this is a list of what was in the property, and what condition it was in, when the tenancy began. It is very important to make sure that this is completed upon the beginning of the tenancy, as it is crucial if there are disputes regarding damage and deductions from deposits at the end of the tenancy. Make sure that the list includes:

  1. Items of furniture
  2. Walls, ceilings and floors
  3. Doors and windows
  4. Carpets, curtains and upholstery
  5. Kitchen and bathroom instalments (e.g. cupboards, sink, shower, ovens and stoves etc.)
  6. White goods (i.e. fridges, freezers, washing machines etc.)
  7. House plants, ornaments and other decorative features
  8. Garden, including the condition of any features, structures and plants
  9. Any other crockery, cutlery and home-ware

When the schedule is being drawn up it is important that all tenants and the landlord are present, and that all sign and date the schedule. A copy should be given to each person for your records. Take dated pictures at the beginning and end of your tenancy to provide supporting evidence.


 
 
 

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