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Daniel Zane, Chair of the AIIC (Association for Independent Inventory Clerks) warns Landlords of the dangers of tenancies not verified by an independent, 3rd party inventory report after adjudicators at The Deposit Protection Service recently heard a case where although the landlord was claiming for cleaning and damage, the tenant won this case as the reports provided were not independent and did not have dated photos.
The DPS stated that the burden of proof, as ever, is on the landlord as the reports provided were not independently compiled by a 3rd party reporter.
Zane, who is also the direct of My Property Inventories, maintains: “Moving in without an AIIC member independent inventory report means that neither party can unconditionally prove how the property was handed over or returned. An adjudicators award will inevitably veer away from the landlord every time. The importance of an unbiased report is second only to the signed tenancy agreement.”
Zane also said “Some agents have taken to compiling inventory reports for their landlord clients. This is both unprofessional and not acceptable evidence in order to offer the high level of protection all parties deserve. Alongside this it can mean the landlord losing any valid claim made by them for damage or neglect within the property.
“We are experiencing a large number of complaints by all parties about reports that are not by our members and we keep hearing they were via the landlord or agent themselves. Agents are not independent, and neither them nor landlords should spend their time compiling reports which cannot be relied on in all adjudication cases.
We believe we are heading towards a large wave of liability court claims aimed at agents that gave their landlord clients inventory reports compiled by them that later on will not stand up in a dispute due to their biased nature.”
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