Other than the rental agreement, the inventory is probably the most important document for any tenancy. If you can’t agree deposit deductions with the tenant, and you enter our Dispute Resolution process, our adjudicator will use evidence like the inventory to compare the property condition at the beginning and end of the tenancy.

A robust, thorough inventory can help protect letting agents, landlords and tenants from deposit disputes at the end of a tenancy, so it's really important that everybody takes the time to complete it.

You could consider employing an independent inventory clerk to make the inventory for you. These are private companies that charge you for their service. This guarantees a first-rate service and using one could help if there is a dispute between you and your tenant at the end of the tenancy.

While your tenants are living in the property, it’s still important to keep records of anything that’s been damaged or replaced, or of any repair work has been carried out. If there's a dispute at the end of the tenancy, your records could make a big difference.