The Check-Out Inventory Report

Accurate check-out inventory reports record the changes and any dilapidation that has occurred in the property during the tenancy.

A thorough Check-out is vital to avoid disputes

The check-out report enables all parties to identify any deterioration in the contents, cleanliness and condition of the property during the tenancy. The most contentious area when it comes to check-out is ‘fair wear and tear’ – it’s an area that often causes the most dispute.

A professionally prepared check-out can avoid disputes

At the end of a tenancy, a check-out inspection is carried out, this important inventory records the changes and dilapidations that have occurred in the property during the tenancy.

Tenants are expected to return the property at the end of the tenancy in a similar condition to that at the start, with allowance made for fair wear and tear.

IAM Inventories apply reasonable everyday usage guidelines which are determined by such factors as the length of the tenancy, the different parts of the property and the quality of the property or its contents.

The check-out process is important to the tenants, as it is now they want to know if they will get all their deposit back. We recommend the check-out report is carried out after the tenant has cleaned, removed their possessions and left the property.

We compare the condition, contents, and cleanliness of the property to the inventory that was agreed during check-in. We will also verbally notify the instructing party if there are any problems that need immediate attention ie: broken window, leaking tap.

The check-out will highlight the differences found, photographs and a descriptive opinion will be expressed in respect of those items that would constitute fair wear and tear, as well as items noted that are the tenants responsibly or if any maintenance items are required by the landlord.

Cleaning is often the major area of dispute.  Landlords and tenants are advised to keep safe all receipts relating to cleaning and repairs carried out before during or at the end of a tenancy.

We take note of the closing meter readings, if meters are accessible, take photographs of the meters and collect all the keys from the tenant (if the tenant is present) and compare them to the keys issued at the check-in to ascertain any liability for loss or damage.

During the colder months, IAM recommends putting the heating on low which is often a requirement of the insurance company providing empty property insurance.

3 more inventories to complete the set

A properly prepared and comprehensive property inventory sets the scene for what is provided by the landlord at the start of the tenancy.
The check-in inventory is more than a tick-list, it's where each item is checked against the property inventory and the tenant's agreement is recorded.
Forewarned is forearmed is said to mean that if you know about something before it happens, you can be prepared for it.

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All parties are entitled to a concise, detailed and accurate check-out report. However, standards vary across inventory providers. We work with our clients to ensure that, besides the statutory requirements for an inventory, we incorporate any particular elements that are important to the Landlord.