Tenant moved in with no inventory/check-in........what to do?

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    Tenant moved in with no inventory/check-in........what to do?

    I had an agent arrange a new tenancy for me as I was out of the country.

    The tenants moved in last week, and I was told that everything had gone fine.
    Today I reminded the agent to send me the paperwork, and the inventory/check-in report was missing.

    I am awaiting definite confirmation, but it seems they have omitted to have it done, although they had written instructions.

    What best to do now, to protect my position re possible damage and deposit deductions?
    I have brand new carpets in this property and have just had garden tidied etc, so i do need the condition recording.......should I just get the check-in report done ASAP? Will it matter that it wasn't done when they took possession?

    #2
    You could get one done now if tenants agree - it would be to their advantage. If they disagree - your stuffed.

    Admonish your agent for failing to carry this out.



    Freedom at the point of zero............

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      #3
      Just tell the tenants you have to arrange an inventory/condition report so that they are not billed for something that they may be responsible for once they check out. Would Monday night or Saturday morning be best.

      Don't ask them in a closed question manner.

      The condition report is only a snapshot at a certain point in time. Probably more accurate from a tenants POV once done once in for a while as they have notice everything about the property.
      "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

      What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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        #4
        Just tell the tenants you have to arrange an inventory/condition report so that they are not billed for something that they may be not responsible for once they check out. Would Monday night or Saturday morning be best.

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          #5
          Can't imagine an agent being so dumb that they forget to do a key part of their job. Oh, wait, they're estate agents!!!
          You now need to follow up everything they have 'done' on your behalf. Has the deposit been correctly dealt with and have the tenants received the correct documentation. If they have screwed up to your detriment, you should be negotiating a settlement with them before dismissing their services and finding someone competent.
          Regarding the inventory, see posts #3 and#4. No negotiations, just make it happen.
          I may be a housing professional but my views, thoughts, opinions, advice, criticisms or otherwise on this board are mine and are not representative of my company, colleagues, managers. I am here as an independent human being who simply wants to learn new stuff, share ideas and interact with like minded people.

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            #6
            Originally posted by slopemaster View Post
            should I just get the check-in report done ASAP? Will it matter that it wasn't done when they took possession?
            If you get it done now, as recommended here, your only issue will be that you will struggle to claim for any damage caused between handover and now; eg caused by moving in furniture. No 'legal' need for it to have been done on day 1. Indeed, many landlords just leave the inventory paperwork with the tenant asking them to check, sign and return it within, say, a week of moving in.

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              #7
              As above: If agent turn out not to have done inventory & photos etc etc then fire them.
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by Darth Wookie View Post
                Can't imagine an agent being so dumb that they forget to do a key part of their job. Oh, wait, they're estate agents!!!
                Wookie, that's a sweeping generalisation of estate agents and there is some basis, somewhere that this view just isn't correct and goes against forum etiquette.
                "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

                What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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                  #9
                  Please read this thread: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...s-of-condition

                  What mention does the "inventory" get in the tenancy agreement?

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                    #10
                    Oh, thanks all.

                    Turned out I was over-worrying.
                    They are a bit inefficient with the paperwork and LH knowing what RH is doing - but they have indeed carried out the check-in as requested.

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                      #11
                      PS Yes, schedule of condition.
                      (But agent calls it inventory.)

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