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The last thing you want is to have issues during your tenancy, or to risk losing your deposit, so we’ve prepared some advice to make sure that you’re clued up ahead of your big move. It may not be the most thrilling read, but it’s all super important stuff, so make sure you take a few minutes to read over it. You’ll thank us later, we promise!
When you move into a property a full check-in inventory or schedule of condition should be provided by the landlord or agent, noting everything in the property. Some landlords and agents insist on using the services of an inventory company and share the cost with their tenants. If this is the case, check that the report is accurate.
If the landlord does not organise a check-in inventory, you can use this template and complete it yourself. Take plenty of photographs and videos of the inside and outside of the property as evidence to back up the inventory at the beginning and end of the tenancy. These would prove invaluable if there should be any dispute about deductions from your deposit.
Invite the landlord to be present when you complete the inventory, but if they are unable to, ask an independent witness to attend and sign the form instead. Then send a copy of the completed form and pictures to your landlord.
We hope that your moving in experience is smooth and positive. However, if the property is not delivered to you in the condition you expected, or you are confused or overwhelmed by anything, please contact our Housing Advisor who is here to guide and support you.
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