Inventory Invalid?

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10:09 AM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Inventory Invalid?

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Inventory Invalid?

My tenants are claiming that their inventory isn’t invalid.

They have been in the property 2 years. Inventory Invalid

When they moved in a detailed inventory was done with pictures. As I did the inventory myself I also said they could go through the inventory and any thing they wanted to add I would be happy to discuss. They went through the inventory with a fine tooth comb and I agreed all the amendments they made. Even to the point where they crawled under a breakfast bar to see a couple of chips on the paintwork under the counter.

As they were not moving out, I did not do a new inventory for year 2 as I was planning on doing this at the end and allowing for fair wear and tear.

The tenancy is coming to an end and over the last few months they have started to just let the place go. One of the bathrooms is covered in black mould, there is mould in bedrooms, things are broken etc.

They are now claiming that they should have been given another inventory in year 2 so I cannot rely on the original inventory even though there was no break in the tenancy.

Is this correct?



Comments

Mark Alexander

10:10 AM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Your tenants are wrong.
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Dee Mc

12:19 PM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "02/06/2015 - 10:10":

Thanks Mark. I think they are just trying it on. They want to leave the place in a mess and things broken and to receive their full deposit back. Generally when a tenancy is about to come to an end I will do an inspection and point out problems to give the tenant a chance to put it right while they are still in there. This way I have never had to hold back any part of any tenant's deposit. This set have taken great offence to the fact that I am not happy that they are trashing my property. They said "it's our home and we can use it as they see fit". This comment came after I said the bathroom was covered in black mould and this was due to the fact that six of them are all using the one bathroom several times on a daily basis. The property has three bathrooms.

There is just over a month to the end of the tenancy and their rent for June is due in a couple of days time. I am just going to leave it for now as we are obviously not going to agree. I am taking the attitude that I don't want them to dig their heels in and decide not to move out and have to incur costs to evict them.

I will just wait until the last day and do a checkout inspection and point out any problems. If they disagree I guess we will be going to arbitration.

Steve From Leicester

13:13 PM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Mark's comment was short and to the point.

It was also correct.

Jireh Homes

20:15 PM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Simply present your original inventory as marked up with tenant comments, interim reports and final condition report, along with claim for making good to your Deposit Scheme and let them seek any comment from tenant. Allan

Mark Alexander

20:22 PM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

If the damages exceed the deposit forget arbitration, go straight for a CCJ and then apply to have it upgraded to a High Court Oder and instruct The Sherrifs Office. Free guide available under our Legal tab.
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Dee Mc

23:58 PM, 2nd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "02/06/2015 - 20:22":

Unbelieveable they now want to stay on for another year! No way! I was wonder how I go about putting them on a tenant alert list as I know they will be looking in the local area.

I want to get rid of them but would not like another landlord to be caught out the same way.

Romain Garcin

8:41 AM, 3rd June 2015
About 3 years ago

When going straight for a CCJ, make sure to request that any money order specifically states that the money can be recovered from the deposit.
If it does not deposit schemes will still refuse to release the money!

Mark Alexander

10:54 AM, 3rd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Here's the link to the download page for that free guide to enforcing judgement that I mentioned yesterday >>> http://www.property118.com/free-guide-enforcing-judgements/70013/
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Dee Mc

12:33 PM, 3rd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Many thanks for the advice.

Puzzler

18:05 PM, 3rd June 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Anonymous " at "02/06/2015 - 23:58":

Tell them it's already re-let or if they want to stay say they have to make good the property. Presumably it's in the agreement that they have to do that. It is their home but they cannot just do what they like, they are contractually bound to maintain its standard.

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