Is Your Inventory Clerk Ticking All The Right Boxes?
When it comes to renting out your property, it is always worth getting professionals to do the inventory check. But how do you know that your inventory clerk is doing the best they can for you?
Unfortunately, many landlords don’t find out how good (or bad) their inventory report is until there is a problem. We have put together a checklist to help you choose a company that will help protect your property and give you peace of mind:-
How much do they charge?
The amount that an inventory clerk charges will relate to the amount of work that has gone into the job. Whilst you may wish to stay away from the most expensive companies out there, you should perhaps be just as wary of the cheapest. Rates vary depending on the services that you choose, but the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for" can be very true.
Are they a member of any professional body?
There are many schemes and accreditations that your inventory clerk may hold. The most common and recognised ones are:-
The Property Redress Scheme
The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks
The Association of Professional Inventory Providers
Are you covered for Legionella and Legionnaires Disease?
Under the Health and Safety Act 1974, Landlords fall under the term ‘duty holders’ and have a legal obligation to assess the risks of Legionella in their residential properties. This is something that a reputable Inventory Clerk can assist with – they can check your water system is correctly operated and maintained to control Legionella bacteria.
Are their reports likely to hold up in court?
The point of having a property inventory report is to make sure that your possessions are recovered or replaced if there is a dispute with tenants. If you complete this yourself, you may find that it would not stand up in court as the inventory needs to be unbiased. It is worth checking with your supplier exactly what their service covers and if their report is likely to stand up in court.
What checks are carried out by the inventory clerk?
It is worth knowing exactly what you are paying for and what the inventory check covers. For example, do they take photographs? What areas do they cover – for example, any outside areas or garages? Also, when do they carry out their checks – is it when the tenant moves in or out, or do they offer something mid-term to ensure your possessions are being looked after.
Are there any reviews or recommendations?
There is nothing like personal experience and recommendations. Talk to friends and other local landlords to see who they use, and what they think of the service they receive. Look online to see the reviews for your chosen provider.
Do they offer a bespoke service, or is it one size fits all?
Some providers can be very rigid on what services they offer. If you are looking for a standard service, this may seem acceptable, but if by paying just a little more you can get a bespoke service for your property, it may be worth considering
Where are they based?
Nothing beats local knowledge. Local people know the problems in different geographical area’s and are always on the lookout. For example, an inventory clerk from Scotland is unlikely to be much use to a London Landlord.
Alternatively, if you would like a company that ticks all the right boxes and understands the importance of a job well done, why not give us a call?
We tick all of the boxes to ensure you have peace of mind and the protection you need.
Give us a call today on 0333 405 0200