As the Inventory and Check In reports have been carried out at the start of the tenancy, it is vital that a Check out report is conducted once the tenant has vacated the property. This allows the opportunity to assess the property for any potential damages or missing items.
Each room in the report will have an overview, photographs and a detailed description of any changes that have occurred in the property. The report also notes final meter readings, compares keys returned to keys provided at the start of the tenancy.
Having a Check Out report conducted for you, will help establish if the tenant is responsible for any damages, deterioration or whether it is fair wear and tear. This allows both parties to reach an amicable agreement regarding any deductions you wish to make from the deposit.
It is worth noting that should you end up in the Small Claims Court, the burden of evidence is often placed on the landlord. If you are unable to produce the correct evidence to support your claim, the judge may rule in the tenants favour.
Having an impartial and professional Inventory, Check In and Check Out reports that have been signed and agreed by all parties, this will save you a considerable amount of time and money should a dispute arise.