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What is an inventory/checkout?
An inventory/checkout is a detailed report stating the condition of the property at that particular time.

A professional inventory or checkout will list everything in the property including walls, woodwork, ceilings, plug sockets, light switches, kitchen units and bathroom sanitary items, describing its condition, colour and any blemishes or damage. The inventory or checkout will also include gardens, sheds and garages.

To insure an inventory is completed it should not be done until the property is 100% ready for the Tenant to move in.
The checkout should not be completed until after the Tenancy has ended and the Tenant has 100% vacated the property.

A good inventory is there to protect both the Landlord and Tenant.

Why is a professional inventory/checkout necessary?
In April 2007 it became a legal requirement for all Tenant Deposits when using a Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement to be protected within a Government approved scheme.

The aim of this legislation is to stop Landlords or Agents withholding deposits without just cause.

The deposit schemes provide Tenants the opportunity to dispute any deductions from their deposit leaving the Landlord or Agent having to prove the deductions are justified. This cannot be achieved unless there is a detailed inventory or checkout report showing the condition of the property at the start and end of the Tenancy.

If a Tenant disputes the deductions an independent professional inventory will add far more weight to the Landlords or Agents claim.

Do I Need a Legionella Risk Assessment?
Yes! All rented properties in England need to have this risk assessment carried out.

The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8) describes the legal responsibilities relating to Legionella. As a Landlord you are the dutyholder (someone who has control of a building) and ultimately responsible for the occupier’s health & safety.

Further information can be found at Health and Safety Executive - Legionella and landlords' responsibilities