Landlords in south-east need inventory the most

It has been found that tenants in the south-east are more likely to trash a rental property.

According to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), over 40 per cent of disputes between landlords and tenants have occurred in that region, ranging from unpaid rent to houses that have been wrecked.

It was found that more than half of the disputes in the region originated from claims of property damage. Landlords should therefore make a complete Property Inventory - also called a Schedule of Condition - to provide proof of the condition of a property at the start of a tenancy and to have legal proof that they should keep the tenant's deposit should damage occur.

The north-east was home to the second highest level of disputes (15 per cent), closely followed by the south-west (12 per cent), north-west (11 per cent) and West Midlands (11 per cent).

Kevin Firth, director of the DPS, said: "One landlord discovered that his property was being used as a brothel - while we have had several unsuspecting landlords whose properties have been transformed into cannabis factories."

Published on: January 13, 2009

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