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    Property damage after check out report

    Hi

    Would be grateful for help. Tenant left after section  21 notice but no forwarding adress. Left items at my place and collected after 20 days. Meanwhile, the damage to the property has been excessive but check out report done by a self employed inventory clerk has minimised the damage in favour of tenant as both of them got on well. I was trusting the check out clerk but when I read the 79 pages report after I had signed it on line in a rush, I realised I have been deceived. Do I have any course of action towards check out clerk and ex tenant?

    I admit I should not have signed the report without thoroughly reading it and I should not have trusted the so called independant clerk. I feel it's a breach of contract.

    Thanking you kindly.

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    As a landlord myself and also as an agent I am amazed that any landlord does not check paperwork that they have paid for! Almost every week I come across landlords that have neglected the basics such as ensuring gas records are done on time!

    In this case, the lesson learned has to be read before you sign! Breach of contract? No, you asked the clerk to undertake a task, they undertook the task and you agreed the task, no contract broken there.

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    not entirely sure i agree with you. i think the landlord has an element of recourse if unhappy with the service, especially if they feel there was some wrong doing. i suppose it depends on the specific details. if there is damage in the property thats not noted in the check out, take pics and compare with the check in to start.

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    Such events are part of the decisions we all make, we trade off the time and effort of what we choose to do ourselves with the use of service providers, who will never act / view things as we would. We all hope that the benefits of time saved and expense incurred by not doing things ourselves ,allowing us to do other things, is not out weighed by the costs when things don’t go as expected.

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