Agents didn't do an inventory; should they have?

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    Agents didn't do an inventory; should they have?

    Hi again to all. Just when you think things ae getting better, with reguard to being sued!. The agent who managed the property for me informed me yesterday they Didn't do an inventory. Aparently I was given a questionaire to fill out where I should have ticked a box for them to do one!?!. I never had one, so I have asked for a copy. I thought they done on as a matter of course as the contract does mention it (my ignorance again??), is it normal for agents Not to do an inventory?, if they Should do one where do I stand?. Many Thanks all, Neil

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    Originally posted by neil.daines View Post
    Hi again to all. Just when you think things ae getting better, with reguard to being sued!. The agent who managed the property for me informed me yesterday they Didn't do an inventory. Aparently I was given a questionaire to fill out where I should have ticked a box for them to do one!?!. I never had one, so I have asked for a copy. I thought they done on as a matter of course as the contract does mention it (my ignorance again??), is it normal for agents Not to do an inventory?, if they Should do one where do I stand?. Many Thanks all, Neil
    No it is NOT normal for agents not to do an inventory, i.e. they should do one. It should be signed on each page by the tenants and they should get a copy signed on each page by you. I also make them sign a declaration as to the state of cleanliness and repair of the property and contents on Day 1. It saves a lot of bad feeling later.

    If they haven't, it's too late now and if the tenants' deposit was protected they will get it all back.

    Even if it wasn't protected you will be skating on very thin ice trying to keep back any of it, because you have no proof of what the property was like to begin with.

    You may have a case against your agent for dereliction of duty!
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      If the agent issued terms & conditions to the landlord then that should be consulted before making any assumptions, as its contents will prevail.
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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