Article reviewed: 2013/01/23 | Next review due: 2014/08/11
When you first move into a flat, there will be an inventory carried out, detailing the property and all of the landlord’s furniture. To stop the landlord keeping hold of the deposit, make sure the inventory carried out is thorough. If there is damage to the property that was not written on the inventory, the landlord can take some or all of the deposit to pay for repairs.
Check every item and entry
Whether the lettings agency, the owner or the tenant does the inventory, make sure you take your time to check through it. Note down any stains, mould, leaks etc. and indicate as such on the inventory.
This happened to Arnaud, 32, during his last move,
At the end of my lease, the landlord kept £600 from my deposit saying that there was mould on the bottom of the curtains. It was already there when I moved in, but I wasn’t paying attention to the detail on the inventory – when I re-read it, the inventory said the apartment was immaculate when I took it, which wasn’t the case.
Remember, ‘damage’ is defined as any damage to the furniture or property that was not noted on the inventory when the tenancy commenced.