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    Hello all. Ive not been here before, I hope that one of you knowledgeble people can help. I have had to give my tennant 2 months notice, we are not on good terms,complete breakdown of communication. period of notice is close now and I have had a request to refund deposit through the dps. Surely this should only follow a final house inspection. Should I ask tennant to meet on last day to inspect together, meter read, hand over keys etc, or can this be done after T has vacated. What would be the normal run of events.Previous tennants have all gone on good terms, so this is a new area.

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    Originally posted by fairview View Post
    Hello all. Ive not been here before, I hope that one of you knowledgeble people can help. I have had to give my tennant 2 months notice, we are not on good terms,complete breakdown of communication. period of notice is close now and I have had a request to refund deposit through the dps. Surely this should only follow a final house inspection. Should I ask tennant to meet on last day to inspect together, meter read, hand over keys etc, or can this be done after T has vacated. What would be the normal run of events.Previous tennants have all gone on good terms, so this is a new area.
    You are correct, only deal with the deposit after the tenant (note spelling) has left and you have done your final inspection.

    This is assuming you have done everything properly with regards to deposit protection and prescribed information etc. and also that your tenant does actually leave, he does not have to just on the strength of you giving him notice.
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      Thanks for that, I am sure tenant will be moving out, although we were a little unsure at first. Would you advise that final inspection should take place with the tenant on the final day of occupancy.

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        #4
        Tenants have no lawful entitlement to be present at checkout although the Ombudsman's Guidelines suggests (to agents) it is good practice to do so. I disagree that tenants should be there, especially if you don't get on with your tenants as it can deteriorate into a heated argument. You could just send a written report to the tenants (that way you can get their forwarding address!!)outlining any proposed dilapidations/repairs. If they don't agree it will go to adjudication and the written evidence each side produces will decide the outcome. You as landlord have to onus of proof, and the tenant has very little to prove.
        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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          #5
          My personal view, and it is personal, is that you should allow the tenant to move out completely and return the keys to you and that you should have a signed notice that he is surrendering the tenancy as of that date. Then, and only then, should you invite him to be present at the checkout inspection the following day.

          Others may have a different view.
          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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            #6
            I agree with jta.

            However there is little point conducting a final checkout unless you have a detailed agreed inventory and Schedule of Condition from the start of the tenancy.
            '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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              #7
              I personally prefer to be invited to check-outs. I like the compliments.
              I'm a good tenant with great landlords
              I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                #8
                thanks for all the comments, very helpful.

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                  #9
                  If you are not going to allow the tenant to be present then I would suggest that an independent inventory clerk be used as these are regarded as much more reliable in the eyes of deposit adjudicators.

                  Otherwise it is their word against yours, and the onus of proof is on the landlord.

                  www.aiic.co.uk

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