Can someone tell me if the agent is responsible for making sure all parties sign the inventory please
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If any party (landlord / agent or tenant) hasn’t signed the inventory, they can argue that the inventory has never been supplied by the agent, or that it was inaccurate to begin with.
Please read this – http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/tenancy-inventory-check/
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Who is responsible for what ?
The inventory itself is not a mandatory task anyway. I don’t think that the law requires any landlord (of residential properties) to keep an accurate inventory of move in / move out conditions of their tenants.
The inventory itself is a good proof when there are problems with damages, deposits, etc. However, you can’t sue your landlord, for example, for not doing the inventory, assuming everything else is fine.
As far as who is responsible. The person that conducts the inventory report is responsible to supply it to the landlord, as they are the commissioner of the report. Tenants are often given a copy, but not always. You might not have a right to see the inventory.
In every case, we recommend for tenants to make their own inventory. If you do, then you have to make sure you supply to the landlord in traceable communication and do your best to have them acknowledge it.
Yeah, the above is sometimes overkill, but if you have any doubts, better do the work, than to have problems further on.
Hope this helps.
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