What is an Inventory?
Many people feel that Inventories simply list the contents of a property. In reality, an inventory is a binding legal document which forms a part of the contract/tenancy agreement between a Landlord and Tenant. When carried out by a trained clerk, inventories go into great detail, providing an accurate written record listing the interior condition and decorative order of items at the beginning of a tenancy, including;
Our clients are often surprised at the amount of detail included in their inventory. It is only when there is a problem that they realise why so much detail is needed. After all, it is impossible to predict what part of your property may be damaged. With an Inventory prepared by a professional, independent Inventory Clerk, descriptions can sometimes appear uncomplimentary to the Landlord, however it is these descriptions that will allow them to prove whether a tenant is liable for damage or cleaning costs in the case of a dispute.
Why can’t I do it myself?
You could…but you wouldn’t buy a property without a survey, neither would you do the survey yourself - you leave it to a professional to take care of this for you – so why do you believe you are qualified to produce your own Inventories? At e-inventories, inventories are who we are and what we do. We know what to look for and where to look for it. We know why we need to go into so much detail and how costly it can be if details are omitted. Let yourself benefit from our expertise.
It is important that an inventory is carried out by someone who can prove that they were totally independent, someone who will act as witness between Landlord and tenant in court. If you currently prepare and manage your own inventories, you can’t truly say that you or your inventories are fully independent as by design you cannot be independent of yourself. On top of that, do you really have the time and patience to produce the type of detailed inventories and other associated reports necessary to fully protect yourself? Finally, when it comes to the crunch, who will act as an independent witness for your property in the event of a dispute?
If a Landlord has an independently and professionally prepared inventory, then going to arbitration or court is usually unnecessary. However, if it does come down to going to arbitration or court in a tenant deposit dispute, more often than not an Adjudicator or Judge will make a decision for compensation based solely on the information contained within an inventory (or not as the case may be…) and an inventory carried out by an independent inventory clerk is more likely to carry favour.
It sounds expensive...
Not at all. A professional independent inventory costs far less than one months rental and in some cases less than one weeks rental. This is a small price to pay to ensure your investment is protected.
Prices start from as little as:
- £65 for an Inventory on an unfurnished studio flat.
- £50 for a check in report on an unfurnished studio flat
- £60 for a check out report on an unfurnished studio flat
Our price guides can be found in the links on the left hand side of the page. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or for a free no obligation quotation on any of our services.
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If you currently do not have an Inventory, then are you aware that as from April 6th 2007 under Section 6 of the 2004 Housing Act, Tenancy Deposit Protection became law?
All landlords holding a deposit under an assured short hold tenancy (AST) must be registered with one of three government appointed schemes to hold a deposit and failure to do so will result in the tenant being awarded an amount equivalent to three times the original deposit.
All of these schemes recommend that landlords protect themselves with an independently prepared professional Inventory. Can you afford not to be protected? Click on the further information link to the left of this page for more information on the TDS.