DMR Inventory Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is an Inventory important?

An Inventory is a record of a property’s condition and relates to, and is a record of its internal fixtures and fittings, furniture, woodwork and general decoration. This document is an integral part of the pack issued by a landlord or agent, to a tenant. The inventory confirms to all parties the condition of the property from the first day of the tenancy.

For more information, click here to link to our ‘Inventory’ page.

Does it Matter who prepares an Inventory?

Should a dispute arise at the end of a tenancy, it is imperative to have a comprehensive Inventory report from the outset.

By using DMR Inventory Services to prepare your report, you can be assured of an independent, transparent and non-biased report, should a dispute arise at the end of a tenancy.

What is a Check-In report and why would I need one?

A Check-In procedure is carried-out on the day a tenancy commences.

Using the previously generated ‘Inventory’ your DMR Inventory Services clerk will accompany the tenant around the property and agree with them the overall condition of the property, based on the content within the Inventory document.

For more information, please see click here to see ‘The Check-In’, where this is explained in more detail.

What happens at Check-Out?

A Check-Out is carried-out at the end of a tenancy. Our clerk will attend the property, along with the tenant (or their representative), to assess the overall condition, with allowances noted for areas of Fair Wear and Tear (FW&T).

If an area or item is deemed to be outside of FW&T, this will be recorded as dilapidation. Dilapidations are the basis of a landlord requesting compensation for damages deemed to have been attributed to a tenant, and will be taken into consideration by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) should a dispute arise.

As an independent and un-biased inventory agency, our reports will form the backbone of a landlords or tenants case, should compensatory claims - from either party be pursued.

For an example of a Check-Out report, click here.

What is a property check?

This is a periodic inspection, during the period of tenancy, to ascertain how the property is being looked after, and whether there are any issues that need addressing.

Should our clients require this service, we are pleased to discuss their requirements upon request.

Does it matter that my property is not furnished?

Even ‘new’ un-furnished properties are not in ‘perfect’ condition. Despite a property being well looked after, the internal fabric, fixtures, fittings, white goods & general decorative condition need to be comprehensively recorded. Even though a property is to be let ‘un-furnished’ there are many aspects within that need to be accurately commented upon, which is why an inventory is so necessary. Regardless of whether its furnished or non-furnished, areas and items can still be affected by ‘dilapidation’ following a let. If the salient details are not entered within a mutually signed document at the commencement of a tenancy, should any damages occur (outside of Fair Wear & Tear), it will be difficult for a landlord to ‘challenge’ a tenant for payment of any dilapidation issues raised.

What is the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)?

It is common for landlords to take a dilapidation deposit from a tenant at the start of the tenancy. The deposit acts as a safeguard should the tenant cause any damage to the property. Some unscrupulous landlords have been known to either take much time in returning deposits at the end of the tenancy or, to have made unfair deductions. The purpose of the introduction of the TDS is to ensure good, and fair practice in this area. The secondary purpose of the new regulations is to try and keep disputes between landlords and tenants out of the courts by encouraging a fair and reasonable method of compromise and agreement.

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