Inventories 'vital for new deposit scheme'

by Rachel Crook

Landlords should make sure that they draw up a property inventory for their properties as these are important for the tenancy deposit protection scheme, it has been claimed.

Tom Entwistle, editor of, claims that they allow landlords to accurately assess any damage that has been caused to a property by a tenant and therefore decide whether they will get their deposit back accordingly.

It is also hoped that the new scheme will help to stamp down on those who treat their tenants unfairly and do not return deposits when they should.

Mr Entwistle said: "It should have a positive effect on [landlord-tenant] relationships because it takes the deposit out of the landlords' hands."

David Salusbury, chairman of, stated that as long as tenants comply with the rules set out in tenancy agreements then a landlord has no right to withhold any of their deposit.

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Published on: December 17, 2008

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