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    Inventory question

    Hi, we signed up with an estate agent who found us a property through a tenant find scheme. Our landlord then set up his own estate agency and asked us to sign new tenancy agreement with his agency after our original one ran out.
    We moved out the property about a week ago and are in disoute over some charges he is claiming. he keeps harping on about the inventory, which was poorly done in the first place. But he did not do a new inventory when we signed with his agency. Can he use the inventory that was signed with the first agency(who have now gone bust)?

    #2
    Yes, your tenancy has always been with the landlord, irrespective of who he employs to handle the management of the property.

    However, a poor inventory (whoever prepared it) is going to make it difficult for him to make any legitimate claims from the deposit.

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      #3
      Thanks

      He also says the walls need a fresh coat of paint. Do we have to use a contractor to do this or can we do it ourselves.

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        #4
        Originally posted by orangebelle View Post
        Thanks

        He also says the walls need a fresh coat of paint. Do we have to use a contractor to do this or can we do it ourselves.
        Possibly neither - he can only get you to pay for repainting if you have damaged the paintwork. If it only needs painting because it hasn't been done for some years and is a bit marked and scuffed this would come under 'fair wear and tear' - even if you did a small amount of damage you would only be liable for a percentage e.g. if you reckon things need repainting every 5 years and it was already 4 years old you might be laible for 20 %.

        If is does need doing the LL can insist it done by a professional or at the very least to a professional standard.

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          #5
          The onus is on the LL to prove the condition of the property at the beginning, accept (using logic and common sense) fair wear and tear for the term of the tenancy and then agree with the tenant any damages. It sounds like the LL will not be able to do this because of the poor schedule of condition.

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