Landlords 'failing to provide proper inventories'

The majority of the inventories presented to deposit scheme adjudicators are not worth the paper they are written on, leading to landlords losing deposit cases, the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has claimed.

The AIIC adds that most inventories would not stand up in court, were disputes to get that far.

The association claims that when there are disputes, many landlords and agents fail to present thorough and fully detailed inventories, copies of which have been given to the tenant at check-in and check-out and, ideally, signed by the tenant – although an unsigned inventory is still acceptable by deposit scheme adjudicators, if it is dated and proof is available that the document has been given to the tenant at time of check-in.

Pat Barber, chair of the AIIC, said: “It is so important for landlords to ensure they have all the right paperwork to present to adjudicators. 

“Time and again we see landlords losing disputes because they fail to provide the right evidence to show that a tenant has damaged the property.

“It should always be remembered that the deposit is the tenant’s property until a landlord can prove justification for any deductions.”