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Evidence required by Adjudicators in the event of a Dispute

Posted by Terence Stencel on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : Property Inventory Articles 

If you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate situation of going to a dispute at the end of a tenancy, it will be very handy to have the following items of evidence on hand.

Firstly, The Tenancy Agreement - This will be used to establish the contractual agreement between Landlord and Tenant. Obligations between parties are found written here and will provide crucial information to any Adjudicator seeking to settle a dispute.

Secondly, Inventory Reports, Check in and check out reports - It i...
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The Timing of an Inventory

Posted by Terence Stencel on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : Property Inventory Articles 
A question we get asked a lot concerns the timing of an inventory ie When should it be compiled?

The inventory should be recorded and typed up as close as possible to when the tenants would be moving in. All maintenance work, gardening, cleaning should have been completed. Additionally all Gas and Electric safety checks should have also taken place.

If an inventory is recorded too far in advance of the tenancy commencing, the property may become dusty, mold may even form in newly plastered area...
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Gas and Electric meter readings for Property Inventories

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Property Inventory Articles 
Including gas and electric readings in a property inventory report is crucial at the beginning of a tenancy. The same applies at the end of a tenancy during the check out. Utility meters should have their serial numbers, readings and all the points that are  listed below, recorded and photographed. This would practically eliminate the possibility of a dispute at the end of  a tenancy concerning the utilities, and would give both landlord and tenant more peace of mind.

The following points shou...
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The Importance of having an independent Inventory

Posted by Terence Stencel on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : Property Inventory Articles 

The advantage of having a professional inventory drawn up cannot be underestimated. A poorly recorded or written report may leave the landlord with no foundation for a claim.

A landlord may construct his own inventory but there a 2 major disadvantages that pertain to this.

Firstly - Detail

A property inventory report needs to be highly detailed to stand up in court. Fixtures and fittings need to be objectively analysed with a critical eye.

Here is an example of a detailed description. L...

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