The tenancy agreement

Preparing the inventory

It is recommended that you provide a written inventory at the beginning of the tenancy showing what furniture is provided and what condition it is in. Tenants should be given time to check this and should sign the document to say they agree with the contents. It is good practice for this inventory to be signed by both the landlord and the tenant. This may be helpful should a dispute arise at the end of a tenancy.

It is also advisable either to take photographs of each room or to use a video camera. If a camera film is used, it is not necessary to actually develop the film unless a dispute occurs.

If the tenant doesn't take proper care of the property you may have a legal right to get the property back, called a 'ground for possession'. However, you must take into account normal 'wear and tear', where deterioration is a result of normal use. Ground for possession is 'discretionary' which means that the court does not have to agree with your request to evict the tenant if they think you are being unreasonable or have been unable to prove your case.

It is often better to sort things out informally rather than go to court. If you think that the tenant is not taking care of the property, tell the them what you want them to do to put things right. If this does not work, or if the tenant disputes what you say, put your complaint in writing telling them what to expect. Keep a copy in case you later need evidence that you tried to sort out the problem.

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