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Landlords 'could be risking disputes' with DIY inventories
02 Jul 2012
Doing their own inventories could mean that landlords are risking disputes with their tenants later on, experts have suggested.
In a live show on LetYourProperty.tv, it was found that 65 per cent of property owners carry out their own schedule of condition inventories.
However, more than half have experienced problems when their tenants move out, with 88 per cent saying they usually relate to cleanliness.
No Letting Go's Nick Lyons said having a generic contract could be risky.
"Clear documentary evidence on the condition of the property is critical in order to overcome, for example, differing expectations of what constitutes clean," he added.
It comes after solicitor and author of specialist blog Landlordlaw.co.uk Tessa Shepperson warned landlords that being ignorant of legal obligations is not a valid defence in the eyes of the law.
Many landlords in the LetYourProperty.tv poll said they were worried about professional inventories being too costly, even though this may not be the case.
Posted by Dan Winters