A recent survey carried out by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) showed that almost 50 percent of tenants in England and Wales didn’t attend the checkout when they left a property reports Landlord Buy to Let.
After each tenancy has ceased the landlord or their representative will usually carry out an inspection of the property and compare its current condition to before the tenants moved in. In the article The DPS recommend that tenants attend these ‘checkouts’.
The managing director of The DPS, Julian Foster said “Checkouts are one of the most important stages of any tenancy”,
Of the 8,035 who responded almost half said that they had not attended such an event and 46 per cent said that they had either not been asked by the landlord or been given times and dates of when the inspection was carried out.
Foster added “By viewing the property and discussing its condition together, tenants and landlords can resolve problems quickly and help prevent longer disputes, for instance, over the return of the deposit”
In the report, according to The DPS it is vital that landlords give tenants the opportunity to attend and that tenants should be present during the ‘checkout’.
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