When a tenancy comes to an end, we must enter the property to complete an exit inspection. This is a thorough inspection of the property to ensure that it is in good condition and that any damage that has occurred is documented, and attributed to the responsible party. Any damages found to be the tenant's fault will be reviewed and possible deductions will be made from their deposit.
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Here's a quick breakdown of why exit inspections are such a vital part of the rental process, for both landlords and tenants:
- Disputes. If there is a disagreement about the condition of the property at the end of the tenancy, the pre-move-in inventory report can be used as evidence. This can help to speed up the process of resolving any disputes and getting the property back on the market.
- Protection. By ensuring that properties are returned in good condition, landlords can avoid costly repairs. This can help to keep their rental income up and their properties in good condition for future tenants.
- Peace of mind. Knowing that they will not be held responsible for any damage that was not caused by them can help tenants to relax and enjoy their tenancy.
There are several things that landlords and tenants should keep in mind when it comes to the exit inspection:
- Impartiality. Our team are trained to complete exit inspections with a high degree of impartiality. It is our job to represent the best interests of the landlord and the vacating tenant without bias.
- Leveraging technology. We utilise industry-leading technology to ensure that our exit reports are completed with the highest degree of accuracy, with high-quality images and well-formatted reports with ease of access for landlords and tenants during their review of the report.
- Thoroughness. A complete checklist of the entire property will be followed covering things such as; the condition of the exterior of the property, including the roof, windows, and doors, the condition of the interior of the property, including the walls, floors, and ceilings, the condition of the appliances, fixtures, and fittings, and the condition of the garden, if applicable.
- Signed inspections. The inventory report, completed before the tenant moved in, will have been reviewed and signed by both the tenant and us, on behalf of the landlord. This will help to ensure that there is no disagreement about the condition of the property at the end of the tenancy.
Exit inspections are an important part of the rental process, and they can benefit both landlords and tenants. By conducting a thorough inspection at the end of a tenancy, both parties can ensure their interests are protected and that the property is returned in good condition.
If you have any questions about our inspection procedures, you can reach us on 01482 562 562 to talk to one of our Lettings Team members. Alternatively, you can contact us here