Why you need an independent inventory clerk as a landlord

Since the requirement of deposit protection schemes since 2007, the amount of deposit disputes raised with these schemes has risen. It is now more important than ever to ensure the condition of your property is accurately documented at the beginning and end of a tenancy.

Independent inventory clerks ensure that both the tenant and the landlord can be confident that having an inventory report provides a fair and accurate record of the property.

The main undertakings and considerations of a professional independent inventory clerk and those used by HM Lettings are as follows;

  • To check the condition of the property including walls, flooring, fixtures, fittings and furniture and to check if alarms and detectors are fully functional. 
  • Photographs are usually used to support the inventory clerk's report. It is recommended that images are taken in high resolution to evidence any damage. Please note, there is not a legal requirement to include photographs in a report but it is recommended and can be useful to support proposed deductions.
  • To record meter readings which help tenants and landlords deal with any discrepancies which may arise from utility suppliers. 
  • Reports are usually booked within daylight hours to ensure that it is as accurate as possible. 

Choosing a professional independent inventory clerk can prevent deposit disputes.

The Nottingham and HM Lettings have a range of services to suit all landlords. Whether you're looking for us to fully manage your property or you simply want us to arrange an Inventory and schedule of condition - we're here to help!

We have have a Landlord portal which gives you 24/7 access to your rental property information including tenant details, invoices and statements so you can keep on top of properties from wherever you have access to the internet.

HM Lettings are part of Propertymark's Client Money Protection Scheme.

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