15 Oct

Protect yourself from disputes

Protect yourself from disputes

Signing up to an Inventory and Schedule of Condition is vital, says Tracy Churchwood MAPIP, director of Essex Country and Village Homes


By now landlords will know that all tenants’ deposits must be protected by law under one of the three government-approved tenancy deposit schemes.

The importance of a professional Inventory and Schedule of
Condition (ISC) cannot be over emphasised.
If a tenant disagrees with the landlord’s and/or agent’s deductions
being made from their deposit at the end of tenancy, they can raise a dispute with the tenancy deposit scheme with whom their deposit is protected. This should not be a concern as long as a professional and comprehensive ISC was completed and provided at the commencement of the tenancy.

However, should it not be comprehensive enough to enable the adjudicator to easily establish condition of the property from one
date to another, they will always err in favour of the tenant.

Most agents now provide an ISC, however, many are not comprehensive enough to withstand a dispute. Therefore, to avoid any unnecessary disputes or surprises it is imperative to employ a qualified inventory provider, such as a qualified member of the Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP).

Look out for the logo and the letters MAPIP after the individual’s name and ask to see their membership card. This is an individual qualification and the logo can only be used for that individual and not as an encompassing agency logo. Some agents have qualified members to conduct this in-house, alternatively there are independent inventory providers as well. It is advisable to use a qualified member to conduct the ‘check out’ at the end of tenancy, again for both parties to prevent any unnecessary surprises or disputes.

If your property is being managed by a reputable agent, such as
ourselves, all the of above will be done as part of the standard
management package.

In addition, due to the regular property inspections conducted, there should be no surprises for either party at the end of tenancy. 

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