Inventory checklist - Private Renters in Camden

Inventory Checklist

At the start of your tenancy, your landlord or letting agent should draw up an inventory that records the condition of the property.

Another inventory check should be done when you move out.  

The inventory

  • Helps prove the state of the property when you moved in 
  • Can help avoid disputes over the return of your deposit when you move out. 

It’s not a legal requirement for your landlord or letting agent to provide an inventory. If they don’t provide an inventory or you think what has been provided is inadequate, you could pay an independent inventory clerk to draw one up. 

The inventory will be used by your landlord to assess whether you broke or damaged anything in the property, your landlord can then make deductions from your deposit. 

Checking and signing 

You will need to check what’s been recorded in the inventory before you sign it. It should include detailed information about the condition of: 

  • Walls, ceilings and floors
  • Paintwork 
  • Carpets and curtains 
  • Any furniture and appliances
  • Fittings such as cupboards 
  • Windows and doors.

The inventory should say whether smoke alarms and any carbon monoxide detectors are provided and working. You can amend the inventory to record anything incorrect.

For example: 

  • Add details of anything that’s missing
  • Note damage that’s not been recorded 
  • Write down if something’s not working 
  • Amend incorrect meter readings 
  • Take photos of any cracks, marks or scratches that aren’t recorded in the inventory
  • Only sign and date the inventory when you’re happy it’s accurate, and keep a copy. 
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