Initial condition report is vital for a landlordâ€™s position
Tenants have a responsibility to use care when they live in a property.
While they cannot be held responsible for normal wear and tear, they are responsible for deliberate or negligent damage.
Proper care of the property by a tenant begins when they move in. The rental agreement will state that the tenant is responsible for damage above ordinary wear and tear. We will make it clear to your tenants what distinguishes normal wear and tear from excessive, negligent and/or deliberate damage.
However, as a landlord, you cannot charge a tenant for damage to a property and its furnishings unless it can be proved who caused the damage. This is primarily done by comparing the state of the property at the end of the tenancy with the state of the property as outlined in the condition report, completed before the property was tenanted.
At the end of a tenancy, if there is any damage to the property which did not exist at the time the property was leased, the tenant may be required to pay for that damage from their bond or with additional funds where the bond does not cover the full amount.
This is why the initial condition report is an important document when tenants move in. It should be completed in a detailed and accurate manner to avoid disputes when the tenancy ends.