More tenants at check out day would reduce deposit disputes, it is suggested

If more tenants in the UK attended the check out when they end a tenancy there would be less disputes, it is claimed.

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) wants more tenants to attend the check outs which provide the landlord or their letting agent with the opportunity to record the condition of the rental property in comparison to when the tenants arrived.

The AIIC's plea comes in response to data released recently by the Deposit Protection Service which suggested that 48% of tenants had not attended their check out.

What's more, some 46% of those who didn't attend said they had either not been invited or were not informed of the date or time.

According to the AIIC, this is where landlords and their letting agents must ensure they are holding up their side of the bargain.

‘We were disappointed to see that so many tenants didn't attend check out and that almost half of these non-attendees were not invited or made aware of the arrangements,’ said Pat Barber, chair of the AIIC.

‘We are urging landlords and their agents to invite and remind their tenants about their check out. It is an extremely important part of the inventory process and a successful inventory can go a long way to reducing the likelihood of a dispute at the end of a tenancy,’ she explained.

‘As always, we advise landlords and letting agents to utilise the services of an independent inventory clerk in order to maintain impartiality and professionalism,’ she added.