How long should tenants paperwork be kept for future reference?

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8:53 AM, 10th March 2016
About 3 years ago

How long should tenants paperwork be kept for future reference?

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How long should tenants paperwork be kept for future reference?

I am trying to find out if there is a minimum time the paperwork from previous tenants has to be stored by the landlord in case a legal challenge is brought out against them.how long

Once the tenants has moved out and paperwork destroyed there will be no proof that the landlord has followed procedures and as such leaving themselves exposed to a challenge from the previous tenant.

Thank you

Andrew



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Neil Patterson

8:56 AM, 10th March 2016
About 3 years ago

Hi Andrew,

For tax purposes HMRC say "You must keep your records for at least 5 years after the 31 January submission deadline of the relevant tax year. HM Revenue and Customs may check your records to make sure you're paying the right amount of tax."

So probably wise to do the same.


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