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After another bad few months for landlords in tenant disputes, the AIIC have issued more tips to help landlords in adjudications.
According to The Deposit Protection Scheme’s findings, June 1st to August 19th saw over 1,000 disputes with 60% due to damage to property. Cleaning costs played a part in 40% of the disputes and redecorating in 31%. Many disputes cited more than one reason, cleaning costs incurred due to damage for example creating the skewed figures.
Pat Barber, chair of the AIIC offered this advice- “It’s so important for landlords to get the paperwork right at the start and at the end of a new tenancy agreement. We are convinced that landlords winning dispute cases could rise from 19% to 30% if landlords were better prepared for a potential dispute.
“For example, ensuring there is a fair contract in place for a new tenant along with a thorough and detailed inventory, will enable both parties to be treated fairly and reasonably. Time and time again, we see landlords losing disputes because they’re not providing the right evidence to show that a tenant has damaged the property.”
They have also issued this list of tips for landlords to best equip them to avoid a dispute.
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