You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to 'professional' cleaners do half as good a job as I require or am capable of doing myself, (years of being 'marched' in and out of MOD married quarters set a very high standard of both cleanliness, fault finding and evidence recording!.) As the 'professional' had decided to visit the (newly renovated and decorated) property 3 days prior to the appointed time and therefore before my final visit (post workmen) to finish off cleaning before our first letting! Despite my insistence that I should be present, neither he nor the letting agent informed me until I had waited an hour beyond the appointed time. The copy Inventory report, signed by the tenant, which I received a week after the start of the tenancy, did not accurately reflect the condition of the property, or include items eg fridge which, along with various ifittings, the tenant stole when evicted 14 months later owing 4 months rent, leaving mouldy walls lots of 'minor' damage and filth. I had complained to the letting agent in writing and provided time and date stamped photographs on receiving the inventory, but the records were not updated, therfore the check out 'independant professional' had only the signed unamended inventory to hand. Unfortunately you are correct in thinking that any 'arbitration' system is likely to trust the records of the 'professional' than the landlord, until I provided my own date stamped photos which contradicted the report and I eventually got the deposit repaid.
According to the latest report from Imfuna, landlords are increasing their risk of tenant deposit disputes as a result of DIY inventory reports.
A professionally and independently compiled inventory could save landlords money at a time when letting in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) is becoming more expensive.
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How is the "robust evidence" looking now?
I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...
You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...
Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.
I was convinced that London was the most expensive!
Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.
This is a very good news.
It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.
Is this fake news?
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