A professionally drawn-up inventory and schedule of condition will protect you from any unwarranted disputes by the tenant at the end of the tenancy. If there is an insufficient, outdated or, even worse, no inventory then you will have no evidence of what the property was like at the start of the tenancy. This means that if you or the agent are unable to provide documentary evidence that the tenant caused damage, then you will not be in a strong position to make a claim, in the event the tenant contests the matter. Our tenants also often feed back that a major concern is being stung by 'rogue' landlords for damage they have not caused. Our inventories are so detailed the tenant feels safeguarded and confident all parties are aware of the exact condition of the property.
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Why not save money and do it yourself?
Compiling an inventory and schedule of condition is a skill and should be carried out by someone qualified to do so. The inventory is an important document and one that may need to be relied upon as evidence in the event of a dispute and may be liable to the scrutiny of a Court of Law.
The inventory is not just a list of items placed in the premises. A proper inventory will include a schedule of condition of the property as well as the fixtures, fittings and contents. A professionally qualified inventory provider is also likely to be deemed to be impartial and will note the property in the condition in which it is found both at the start and end of the tenancy.
Ask your agent about APIP
You are entitled to find out who is going to be documenting the details of your property. Ask your agent for details of the inventory provider’s qualifications and experience. An inventory provider who is a Member of APIP (MAPIP) will have gone through training and passed an assessment based on their competency to conduct the inventory compilation, check-in and check-out. The candidate must also provide evidence of at least six months hands-on experience of the role.
For your further protection members are required to have adequate, up-to-date public liability and professional indemnity insurance. This demonstration of the level of competency required by the industry is aimed to give the landlord the confidence that they have the protection of professional documentation to support any claim in the event of a dispute.
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