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
Here is an example of a detailed description. Lets take a Pair of curtains and
fittings in the reception room.
Here we leave no doubt to how the curtains look and what condition they are in.
We have also specified the length of the curtains. This is very
important because if they were over floor length curtains for example, the
tenant would not be liable for any cleaning charges ( at the check out) , as
these curtains would be dragging across the floor and getting soiled during the
tenancy. In this instance the landlord would have to foot the cost. A landlord
could save money here by shortening the curtains and cleaning them pre -
tenancy. If the curtains were now found soiled at the check out, this would be
at the liability of the tenant.
Secondly - Bias
The report may simply not be taken as 100% fact for the reason that the
landlord has a obvious vested interest in his/ her own property.
To summarise, a well drawn up inventory protects your most expensive
investment, your property. And most importantly, gives you peace of mind.
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