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Rochdale Observer - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

s ten­ants hand in their no­tice, less in­ter­ested land­lords strap them­selves in for the in­escapable de­posit dis­pute. Proac­tive land­lords will be com­fort­able, know­ing how to safe­guard them­selves and their prop­erty from the start of a ten­ancy agree­ment.

Most land­lords are aware of the gap­ing grey area that sits be­tween a check-in and check­out in­ven­tory. Fair “wear and tear” can of­ten be badly de­fined and there­fore leaves cer­tain classifications of dam­age open to de­bate.

Clean­li­ness now ac­counts for 53% of all de­posit dis­putes, an in­crease of 13% in the last three years. The key is to raise ob­ser­va­tions around clean­li­ness dur­ing the check-in in­ven­tory, writ­ing that you ex­pect your prop­erty to be in top con­di­tion when the ten­ant checks-out.

It’s equally dif­fi­cult to prove if dam­age such as blocked drains

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