Why Have An Inventory?
An inventory gives clarity to the relationship and makes certain that there is no dispute as to the contents of the property or their state, thus avoiding time consuming and potentially costly disagreements. It forms part of the contract between the landlord and tenant and some landlords do not realise that although descriptions can appear uncomplimentary, it is these descriptions that will allow them to prove whether a tenant has caused damage or is liable for cleaning costs etc.
Who Requires One?
Every landlord and tenant should have an inventory together with a Check-In report for the property that is being rented out as part of the legal documentation relevant to the rent.
Who Should Compile The Inventory?
This report should be done by a trained inventory clerk and advisably, one which is a member of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). The impartial and professional compilation of the report is viewed very favourably should the Inventory be required to settle a legal dispute, rather than if it is done by the landlord.
Is It Necessary For An Unfurnished Property?
Absolutely. An Inventory, together with a Check-In report, does not only cover the furniture contained within the property but also the property itself in terms of the condition of the walls, woodwork and carpets together with the kitchen appliances, bathroom suite, garden etc. If a part of the property is not listed in the Inventory, for example a door, and subsequently suffers damage it would not be covered legally.
What Is An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)?
Back in 2007 the Government introduced a scheme to record how energy efficient and environmentally competent your property is. This ensured that the government complied with the Energy Performance of Building Directives (EPBD).
You are no longer allowed to sell or rent your property if you have not ordered or possess an up to date EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). They provide the owner or landlord with a record of the level of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions that are present in the building.
The information is derived from questions our assessor will ask you following an inspection of key items in your property, such as hot water tanks, domestic boilers, double glazing etc. These details are processed by using a rating table from A to G (A being very efficient).
How Long Is An EPC Valid For?
An Energy Performance Certificate is valid for 10 years, however, if changes are made within this period, an up to date amended certificate is advised. The purpose of this is to allow any potential buyers, tenants or present owners an insight into how they may be able to reduce their fuel costs and emission levels by simply introducing a few key changes and incorporating them into the agreement.
Is The Landlord Or The Tenant Responsible For Managing Legionella?
This will ultimately be determined by the lease agreement but 99% of the time tenants who have sole occupancy of a building where they are also responsible for maintenance and repairs will be the person or persons on whom the statutory duty falls. When there are multiple occupants or where the landlord services and maintains the building, then the duty would usually fall to the landlord unless other arrangements have been documented and communicated.