Letting Agent Disputes at a 20 year High, say AIIC

Letting Agent Disputes at a 20 year High, say AIIC

16:30 PM, 11th August 2011, About 13 years ago 1

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"AIIC have offered advice to reduce the risk of disputes"

After receiving the highest number of complaints against letting agents for 20 years, the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks have issued advice for landlords, tenants and letting agents to combat problems.

The AIIC say letting agents are often stuck in the middle of tenant and landlord disputes, but admit a tenant’s life could be made easier. Poorly maintained houses as well as contracts with unfair clauses often lead to disputes, for example. Poor communication and lack of inventory also create problems.

Pat Barber, Chair of the AIIC, said: “It is vital for landlords and agents to ensure they have ongoing dialogue with tenants and that they get all the paperwork right at the start and at the end of a new tenancy agreement. “

“Aside from ensuring there is a fair contract in place at the start of a tenancy agreement, landlords should have a professional and detailed inventory which will enable both parties to be treated fairly and reasonably. By opening a dialogue and using an independent inventory clerk, disputes can be resolved quicker and without the hassle that is often experienced at the end of a tenancy period.”

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8:01 AM, 18th August 2011, About 13 years ago

there is nothing new about this agents have always been in the middle the problem is for them they are being held more to account now ,agents are now in the position where they dictate the tenants market rather than the owner/landlord .the problem with the inventory system now it has become far to complex and long winded as landlords and agents have found out ,unfair contracts i don't think so these are now agreed with the courts before being provided to landlords ,the inventories are now so stupid and time consuming that they are incomplete when tenants move in and the landlord is then in a situation where the tenant abuses the landlord by not signing the documents till they get what they want by pressurising .don't let the property until you have completed it ,take the first monies in cash rent and deposit ensure all is agreed and signed on the day and then let them get on with it ,you then deal with anything when and if needed keep a note book for all properties . yes AIIC are an inventory co but not sure about how they produce the inventories the only good thing is its a 3rd party more costs for the land lord sorry .

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