Law guide: Property

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Inventory of furnishings and fittings

Inventory of furnishings and fittings

An inventory lists and describes the condition of each item of furniture, furnishings (such as carpets, blinds and curtains), kitchen equipment and any other items supplied at the property (including exterior areas).

When you make an inventory, it's a good idea to photograph items showing the condition at the start of the tenancy (taking a note of who took the photograph and the date it was taken). This can help to avoid a dispute over the return of the deposit at the end of the tenancy as to the original condition of an item.

England and Scotland

You're not legally required to provide an inventory for the tenant. But it's advisable to make an inventory and agree it with the tenant; this can help to avoid a dispute over the return of the deposit at the end of the tenancy.

Northern Ireland

Giving the tenant an inventory is advisable, but is optional and not a legal requirement.

If you do create an inventory, you must:

  • Sign it and arrange for the tenant(s) to sign it (to acknowledge the items listed are present and in the stated condition).
  • Attach a copy of it to the tenancy information notice.

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