Landlord/Letting Agent insists I am NOT present at check out?

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    Landlord/Letting Agent insists I am NOT present at check out?

    My tenancy ends on Friday and I have requested that I am present at the check out inventory. However, the lettings agent say that instead I should just hand back my keys to the office on Friday by noon and an inventory will be carried out at a later date which I do not need to be present at.

    I am concerned that any damage that occurs between me handing back the keys/property and the inventory check out may be blamed on me.

    What would my stance be in a deposit dispute? What would happen if i refused to sign the check out inventory?


    Thanks in advance.

    #2
    Originally posted by Pualop View Post
    My tenancy ends on Friday and I have requested that I am present at the check out inventory. However, the lettings agent say that instead I should just hand back my keys to the office on Friday by noon and an inventory will be carried out at a later date which I do not need to be present at.
    As far as I'm aware, the tenant is supposed to be given the right to attend; but I could be wrong there. I certainly tell my tenants they can; but I've never yet had one take me up on it.

    I am concerned that any damage that occurs between me handing back the keys/property and the inventory check out may be blamed on me.
    I do think you're being a bit paranoid about that. I can visualise a dodgy agent/landlord trying to stiff you for damage that was already present when you moved in, but what do you imagine's going to happen here? That the agent's going to kick a door in or pour a glass of red wine over a carpet just to generate a reason to take your deposit? Assuming the check-out's done eg within the next couple of days, and not after a builder's been in refurbishing the kitchen or something, then I really don't see you should be worrying do much.

    What would my stance be in a deposit dispute? What would happen if i refused to sign the check out inventory?
    You can still sign it, but annotate exactly what you disagree with.

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      #3
      AFAIK there is no RIGHT for T to attend move-out inspection IF arranged for after end of T.
      The T should return keys and vacate on/by midnight or sooner on last day. If he remains in possession of either an SPT or additional rent will ensue. A T has no right of re-entry once tenancy has been vacated.
      HOWEVER, LA should invite T to attend inspection and be able to comment, at time appointed for inspection by LA IMO

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        #4
        There is no right to attend the check-out for ex-tenants but industry best practice is to invite them to do so.

        I understand agents/landlords don't want to be entering into disputes at the time if confronted by a tenant who doesn't want to accept the inventory clerk's findings.
        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
          Originally posted by Pualop View Post
          My tenancy ends on Friday and I have requested that I am present at the check out inventory. However, the lettings agent say that instead I should just hand back my keys to the office on Friday by noon and an inventory will be carried out at a later date which I do not need to be present at.
          How is this 'insisting' that you are not present?

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            #6
            You are not entitled to enter the property after your tenancy has ended:


            You are entitled (indeed, very strongly advised..) to take LOTS AND LOTS of photos of the place...
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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