5 easy steps for a proper check-in when renting

Looking for a new rental property can be exciting but can also come with risks. There are thousands of resources on the internet that bombard you with lists of things you need to do. Here are the 5 most important steps to take, explained simply so you stay protected while enjoying your new property:


1. Making an inventory list

One of the most important things you can do when renting a property is to do a thorough inventory on the day you move in. This will help to protect you, as a renter, and the landlord in case of any dispute. You should go through the property together room by room and make a list of anything supplied by the landlord and its condition.

What should you look at? There are a few items that you should carefully pay attention to their conditions. Here is a brief list of what the inventory list should include:

  • Doors
  • Floor: especially if there is a carpet. If you see ironing marks, make sure to include it on the list
  • Walls: stains, Blu-tack, scuffs
  • Ceiling
  • Light fittings
  • Wood work
  • Household Appliances
  • Windows: check out those broken curtains!
  • Heating: it can be tricky to check that during summer but during winter, do not hesitate to get back your landlord is there any issue you have noticed.
  • Furnishings

2. Taking pictures

For extra security, you can also take pictures of items on the inventory list to add evidence in case of a disagreement or dispute later down the line. After going through the property, making the inventory list and taking pictures, you and the landlord should sign the inventory list showing agreement on the inventory.

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3. Reporting damages

During your check-in and after doing a walk-through inventory list, if you notice any necessary repairs ask the landlord to note them down and whether or not they agree to do these repairs. Being able not to fix anything when something is broken is one of the biggest perks of renting. Make sure to take advantage of this privilege.

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4. Understanding what you sign for

Ensure you understand the inventory and tenancy agreement – if you don’t then it is time to ask questions. Get a copy of both documents for your records.

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5. Recording Gas & Electric meters

If your rental agreement includes a clause where you pay for the utilities, check and record all the meter readings on the day you move in.

Being a conscientious, diligent renter and doing a proper check-in will protect you and it is the best guide to protect also your deposit. In a case where a dispute between you and a landlord cannot be avoided, following the above advice will provide you with adequate evidence to support your claim.

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