Much like when you move into a property, an inventory should also be completed when you move out. This allows your landlord to identify any deterioration in the condition of the property during the tenancy and inspect the general cleanliness.
Your landlord or letting agent will contact you to arrange the inventory check-out, but it usually takes place a couple of days prior, or on the day of departure. However, we recommend taking your own photos of every room and making comprehensive notes of any faults before this.
TOP TIP: when moving into a new rental home, make sure to take pictures of the property’s condition, which you can then refer back to once your tenancy ends.
Your check-in inventory can be a great tool when moving out, so make sure to go through the original report well in advance of your departure and put back any items that have been moved or put into storage during your tenancy.
Remember to check your tenancy agreement for references to fair wear and tear – this is the process of general wear that landlords must take into account when a tenant leaves a property. Your landlord must make allowances for:
- the age, quality and condition of any item at the start of the tenancy;
- the average useful lifespan of the item;
- the reasonable expected usage of such an item;
- the number and type of occupants in the property; and
- the length of tenancy.
If any further maintenance is required at the end of your tenancy, it’s advisable to get your own repair cost estimates and forward them to your landlord in order to kick-start the process of necessary work taking place