Ensure your check out report is successful with Yellow Oak Inventories

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 12.33.17 The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) have recently suggested that if more tenants were to attend the check out at the end of their tenancies, there would be less deposit disputes all round. This plea comes in response via data released by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), which suggests that 48% of tenants are failing to attend their check out reports. At Yellow Oak Inventories we whole-heartedly agree with this sentiment.

This is because:

  1. It’s a perfect opportunity for issues to be brought to the tenants attention.
  2. By discussing the condition tenants and landlords/agents can resolve problems in a much quicker fashion; preventing longer, drawn-out disputes further down the line.
  3. The tenant is fully aware of what will be in the check out report, so there will be no surprises when they receive it.

So how else can you ensure that your check out report goes smoothly?

  • Use a professional and independent inventory clerk, as they will understand what is best recorded when tenants arrive and how best to assess and demonstrate any changes at the end of the tenancy.
  • Provide reports from the check-in and mid-term as a reference point, for both inspection and discussion.
  • Ensure that tenants can make the check-out report appointment, by writing to them with sufficient notice. Clearly explain how important the process is and why they should attend, and be sure to explain such actions as taking photos during the visit, etc.
  • Take digital photos as these have a date stamp attached, which adds extra credence to your report.

Please read the related Yellow Oak Inventory Blog Post: Words or Video – Which is better? …

  • Be absolutely thorough and take your time, otherwise you may overlook an important issue; potentially making life for all parties involved more difficult.
  • However unlikely it may seem, if you feel that your safety could be jeopardised in anyway bring along a witness.
  • TAKE NOTE! – By this we mean make as many notes as possible, including any admissions from your tenant and/or any agreements that you reach.
  • Complete your properties check-out report before any repair work is done. This is because many landlords/agents unfortunately rush to overcome problems in preparation for their next tenant, which can prevent opportunities to record such repairs; increasing the possibility for dispute.

 

Check outs are one of the most important stages of any tenancy agreement. So if you need any help or advice with your inventory, please get in touch with one of our friendly team today – 020 3713 4933, info@yellowoak.co.uk or via Facebook or Twitter.

What’s your problem? It’s just a mid-term inspection…

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It’s not often you walk into your buy to let, only to be greeted by a 50-stone pig!! Just last week this happened to an unsuspecting landlord, who was handling a routine inspection of his property. Pretty funny to those of us who have (luckily) never found ourselves in such a ludicrous position, but not so funny for this landlord who now has (a reported) £7,500 worth of damage to take care of!

The landlord told the Daily Mirror: “I was absolutely stunned when I saw it, it was a complete shock. “I was just renting out my dad’s house after he moved and this was my first tenant, an RAF serviceman based at Brize Norton.
His partner was there when I examined the house, she said something about it being unwell and they brought it into the house. I said to the woman, there’s a pig in the house and she replied: ‘What’s your problem? It’s just a pig’.”

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This story highlights the absolute importance of conducting an inventory inspection accompanied by a series of thorough mid-term inspections, throughout all of your tenancies. It may seem more hassle than it’s worth, but imagine having the hassle of not only having to clear up this mess, but also have to pay for the repairs, new floor covering, re-turfing the garden and repairing of the patio!

DID YOU KNOW that an estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months?

So other than using an accredited and experienced inventory company to carry out your regular inspections, what else can you do to avoid similar shocking property damage being done to your property?…

  1. Insure Against the Unexpected

Property damage will be exceptionally costly if the level of damage exceeds the value of the tenancy deposit. So make sure you have the correct buy-to-let insurance in place, as at Yellow Oak Inventories it’s still quite shocking as to how many landlords end up finding out the hard way that their basic home insurance policy will not provide the essential cover they desperately need.

  1. Vet Tenants Properly

The unfortunate landlord at the heart of this sorry story said that he rented out his property to an RAF serviceman, but believed the pig was moved in by the man’s partner. The question is: did he reference check both tenants thoroughly, beforehand? Who knows; this may have happened in a previous property that they lived in, and their last landlord would be able to warn you about this simply through a quick phone call.

Please find our Three Point Anti-Bad Tenant Checklist HERE, which includes a full breakdown of each referencing procedure.

  1. Make Tenants Aware

It’s all very well spotting damages whilst doing regular inspections, but what if you could prevent them from happening in the first place? Thankfully, stories like these are a rarity and the majority of residential property damage is (more often than not) accidental or through a tenants sheer negligence. So from the beginning make them aware of ways that they can keep the property in good condition, e.g. regular carpet cleaning, airing the bathroom after a shower, routine changing of the smoke detector batteries, that they won’t receive their full deposit at the end of the tenancy if there is damage, etc.

Be proud of your next inventory report; use Yellow Oak Inventories in London today! Contact us on: 020 3713 4933, by email: info@yellowoak.co.uk or via Facebook or Twitter.

10 questions Letting Agents should ask their inventory provider

As of the 27th10 questions Letting Agents should ask their inventory provider May 2015, letting agents now have a statutory duty to fully publicise the fees they charge to their landlord and tenant clients.

Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, it’s designed to promote more transparency within the sector, as well as tackling rogue letting agents head-on. This means that agents must now clearly display a list of their fees at each of their offices as well as on their website. Official guidelines issued by the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and Advertising Standard Authority state that:

“All fees, charges or penalties (however expressed) which are payable to the agent by a landlord or tenant in respect of letting agency work and property management work carried out by the agent in connection with an assured tenancy. This includes fees, charges or penalties in connection with an assured tenancy of a property or a property that is, has been or is proposed to be let under an assured tenancy.”

Announced last year, the government said: “The move ensures a fair deal for landlords and tenants, closing off the opportunity for a small minority of rogue agents to impose unreasonable, hidden charges.”

And those agents that fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £5,000, which is definitely great news for landlords and tenants. But how will this affect letting agents?

Well we believe that letting agents right across Britain will now be hunting for a much more cost-effective inventory service to what they’re currently using. Because not only are all lettings fees now going to be under deep scrutiny but they will now be battling against other agents in their area (even more so) to offer the cheapest fees around to attract the most clients; landlords and tenants alike.

Furthermore, a comprehensive inventory report shows to your landlord clients that you are dedicated to protecting their property from potential damage, as well as protecting your tenants deposit by providing a transparent and unbiased service.

So as a Letting Agent, what should I be looking for in my next inventory company?

  • Are they certified members of APIP or the AIIC?
  • Are they fully insured?
  • How much experience do they have?
  • Are they members of a Property Redress Scheme?
  • Do they have reviews or testimonials from previous letting agent clients?
  • How detailed are their reports? Can they offer an example report?
  • Do they offer mid-term reviews/inspections?
  • Do they have a good knowledge of your particular area?
  • Do they have extended working hours and days?
  • How do their prices compare to other inventory companies in your area?

At Yellow Oak Inventories we can offer everything mentioned above and more! And we fully understand that as a letting agent you want to provide the best possible service at the most attractive price. So this is why you must always use an independent Inventory Clerk for all inventories, check-ins, mid-terms and check-outs, so as to remain transparent and professional to all of your clients.
Here are 10 advantages of using an independent Inventory Clerk.

Inventories and Right to Rent Legislation

Inventories and Right to RentSo far at Yellow Oak Inventories we’ve covered the obvious topics relating to the importance of a comprehensive, independent inventory – e.g. accepting pets, hoarding, student lets, tenancy deposit disputes, longer tenancies and redecoration to name a few.

But are you aware of one of the newest pieces of legislation to hit private renting landlords; Right to Rent Immigration Checks,and how a full inventory can become a key part of the Right to Reside Compliance process?

Well firstly, let’s explain the Right to Rent Immigration Checks legislation.

In addition to the referencing process, all landlords will soon be required by law to check the immigration status of their tenants or risk financial penalties for failing to do so. Launched on 1 December 2014 in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton it’s currently being trialled across the West Midlands but is soon to be rolled out right across the UK later on this year.

Including letting agents and homeowners who let rooms, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said:

“We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who abuse the system or flout the law.

The right to rent checks will be quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here.

They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out overcrowded and unsafe accommodation.”

Therefore it is imperative that you seek evidence from your prospective tenant now, of proof of their identity and citizenship, before a tenancy can go ahead. However, in a limited amount of cases where tenants cannot provide their documents due to an ongoing Home Office application, landlords can request a check directly from the Home Office. This can take up to two working days but should not be missed, as you need to be absolutely sure that your potential tenant has the right to be in the country, in accordance with UK law.

A detailed inventory report can also play a vital role in your new Right to Rent Check procedure, via the following steps:

  • Keep an accurate record of the tenancy; from start, middle to finish.
  • Regular mid-term inspections will provide peace of mind that there are no illegal residents living in your property and putting you at risk of hefty fines.
  • Attach a photo of your tenant to the inventory report.
  • Attach your tenants’ passport copy to their inventory report.

As we say at Yellow Oak Inventories, Evidence is Everything, especially alongside this approaching legislation; just waiting for an ignorant landlord to slip up.

So please make sure that all of your checks are up to date and that as much as possible has been fully documented, or expect to face dire consequences!

What are your personal views on these latest changes for UK landlords?

Will longer tenancies cause more tenant disputes? ​​

Will Longer TenanciesAs we edge closer to a General Election there are many interesting (as well as controversial) housing ideas being thrown around, as the UK’s political parties try to attract the attention of the ever-increasing amount of generation renters.

In particular, the Labour Party have claimed that they will provide “a better deal for renters” by introducing standard three-year tenancies, if they were to get into power on May 7th.

With over eight million households in the UK now renting from a private landlord, this proposal aims to give tenants greater protection against rogue landlords within the sector; primarily protecting against retaliatory eviction and giving families “security and peace of mind” by preventing the uprooting of children from their school and their friends.

However, research from The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows us that less than 20% of tenants actually rent a home for more than five years, and over a third of tenants stay in rented accommodation for less than a year.

At Yellow Oak Inventories we completely understand the need for tenants to feel secure in their home, and that longer tenancies could benefit many PRS landlords. However we do worry that longer tenancies will mean more tenant deposit disputes. As it stands to reason that the longer a tenant resides within a property, the more likely it is that the property will be subjected to damages and more complex wear and tear issues.
Even more worryingly, it could deter new landlords from entering the buy to let market altogether.

So if standard three year tenancies were introduced, the need for a thorough independent inventory and mid-term inspections would increase dramatically; in order to avoid unnecessary stress and costs further down the line.

Wear – What is the definition of wear and tear? Click for full information.

This could also become a major issue, what with the tax concession allowing landlords of unfurnished properties to claim for the replacement of white goods, carpets and curtains being withdrawn by HMRC, back in April 2013.

Other than finding an independent, impartial and professional inventory provider, here are some other key points that will help prevent damage and excessive wear and tear in your property:

  • Take a deposit
  • Keep the properties maintenance and decoration up-to-date
    g. expect to re-paint walls and ceilings every 3-5 years.
  • Regular inspections
  • For furnished rentals expect to renew items approximately every 3 years
    g. furniture, kitchen wear, etc.
  • Certain items should be treated as ‘expendable’ if they are missing or damaged at the end of a long tenancy
    g. mattress protectors, kitchen utensils, toilet brushes, etc.

How do you feel about standard three year tenancies?

Were you aware of the tax concession for unfurnished properties being removed?

Whatever your views are on these issues pleases share them with us!

 

 

 

 

10 Advantages of using an independent Inventory Clerk

10 Advantages of using an independent Inventory ClerkAre you are considering entering the lettings industry? Have you just entered it for the first time or have had bad experiences in the past through carrying out your own inventory?

Whichever situation you’re in one of your first considerations should be to find a decent independent Inventory Clerk, to carry out all of your new tenant check-ins, mid-term reviews and end of tenancy check-outs.

‘WHY do I need to appoint an independent Inventory Clerk? …’

Here are 10 key reasons to take into account:

  • Protection
    By enlisting the support of a fully qualified independent Inventory Clerk there can be no question of bias, which will ensure that you and your tenants interests and wellbeing is fully protected.
    It will also show your tenant that you are professional, transparent and have their best interests at heart.
  • Trained
    Full members of the AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks) and APIP (Association of Professional Inventory Providers) provide assurance that your inventory clerk is trained to the highest standard possible. Members of these leading organisations must adhere to a strict code of conduct and professionalism, which also protects against any possible problems or disputes that you (hopefully don’t) encounter with your Inventory company.
  • Informed
    Being part of an official organisation will also keep your inventory clerk up-to-date on current legislation and any changes to the law in relation to the Inventory and buy to let sector in general.
    This provides an ideal safety-net for both landlord and tenant, preventing any confusion or misunderstandings in the future.
  • Knowledgeable
    As experts in their field, they will be able to provide continuous support and advice whenever you need it.
    For example, the definition of fair wear and tear can be a difficult issue to decipher as there is no precise statute on what it actually is. But an experienced independent Inventory Clerk will know this common problem inside-out and back-to-front, so this won’t even become an issue with the right company.
  • High Quality
    A visual and written report on the condition of your property should include detailed information and observations on all contents, fittings and fixtures at the beginning, middle and end of the tenancy. Supplemented by high quality digital photographs of every room, any specific damage and the level of cleanliness will ensure an in-depth record of your property at the time of each inspection.
  • Save Time
    As a landlord your time is precious! So by using an independent inventory clerk you can avoid wasting time with disagreements or disputes when the tenancy ends; giving you more time to concentrate on other important property issues.
  • Peace of Mind
    Putting the condition of your property in the safe hands of an experienced Clerk will give you peace of mind that any potential issues will be noted and help getting resolved quickly and fairly.
  • Avoid the void
    You want to avoid a rental void at all costs; as no tenant means no rent! Therefore an experienced Clerk will provide a quick turnaround, so that you can get a new tenant in situ as soon as possible.
  • Keep on top of maintenance issues
    A thorough inventory coupled with a mid-term inspection and snagging report (for new builds) will assist in discovering any existing or potential maintenance issues that a tenant may not have noticed or reported. It will also help to determine whether your tenant is complying with their contractual agreement and treating your property with respect.
  • Region Specialists
    A good Inventory Clerk will also have regionalised expertise so they will have further insight into any specific legislation that may affect a certain area, as well as any common environmental issues that affect the area too. For example: an area that is prone to damp.

 

The Yellow Oak Inventories team completely understand your needs, offering everything listed above and more; fully protecting your investment as well as the important relationship that you have with your tenants.

Please contact us today and discover how we can make life as a landlord 100% easier.

The key role of the mid-term tenancy inspection

Yellow Oak Inventories LTD 4Although many landlords are certainly aware of what is known as a mid-term tenancy inspection, many are less sure as to its true importance. After all, with short-term tenancy agreements tending to be six months long, a mid-term inspection at the three month mark might seem a little unnecessary, given how little change one might expect in a property within such a short space of time.

However, problems can still arise with lettings even in the briefest periods after the tenant has moved in, and a mid-term tenancy inspection can help to identify these issues at the earliest stage and guard against their occurrence in the future. Such an inspection is the perfect opportunity to take a good look at your property to ensure that it is being appropriately looked after.

Carrying out a mid-term tenancy inspection also allows you to review the list of items on the initial inventory report and compare it to their present condition. With the inventory providing extensive information on your property’s fixtures, fittings and decor as they were when the tenancy agreement began, you’ll be able to use the inspection to – if necessary – remind the tenant of their obligations towards the items in your property.

It may also be as a result of a mid-term inspection that you identify necessary maintenance work to rectify damp, mould or minor fixture or fittings damage. Attending to such problems as soon as possible – and before they develop into bigger problems – can save you money and generate goodwill between you and your tenant, who is in turn likelier to look after your property properly.

A mid-term inspection also allows you to gauge whether your present tenant is a keeper, and therefore whether you should renew your agreement with them. This is especially important given the increasing trend these days for long-term tenancies, where it is all the more vital to find a reliable tenant who you can depend on to care well for your property.

Above all else, a mid-term tenancy inspection gives you a definite idea of what exactly is going on within your property as your agreement reaches the halfway stage. Have fixtures or fittings been damaged? Is your property being sublet? Is the garden being filled with rubbish? These and so many more potential issues can be detected and dealt with quickly when you take advantage of the inspections that we offer here at Yellow Oak Inventories LTD.

 

Our Top 10 tips for avoiding disputes

Our Top 10 tips for avoiding disputes

  1. Employ a fully regulated, independent Inventory Clerk.
    In rented accommodation the main causes of landlord / tenant disputes are damage and cleaning, therefore without a thorough inventory in place (at check-in and check-out) landlords have much less chance of winning a dispute if they have no evidence of the original condition of the property.
  2. Ensure your Agreements are correct.
    Double check dates and rental amounts.
    Be able to provide up to date Gas Safety Certificates, along with EPC’s & PAT testing (where necessary) to prove that your property and its contents is safe.
  3. Deposit Protection.
    If you take deposits, register them with one of the three government-backed Tenancy Deposit Schemes;

– Deposit Protection Service (DPS)

– MyDeposits

– Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)

  1. Tenants need to be made aware of their contractual obligations.
    Ask them if there’s anything they don’t understand in the tenancy agreement. And don’t forget to make them aware of the utility bills and any other costs that they are liable for.
  2. Make it clear what costs are involved e.g. administration fees, referencing, etc.
  3. Pre-tenancy.
    Conduct thorough tenant referencing procedures, making sure that you obtain references from the tenants’ previous landlord(s). Speaking to someone first hand can tell you so much more than a simple credit report can, and can sometimes reveal whether the tenant has ever had a dispute in a previous tenancy, therefore helping you to gauge their character.
  4. Maintenance.
    Ensure that your property is in good repair and fit for rental.
    Encourage tenants to report any problems with the property as soon as they occur, thus avoiding more costly problems in the future.
  5. Inspections.
    Regular inspections not only flag up maintenance issues but can also tell you whether there are unauthorised individuals living in the property, that are not listed on the tenancy agreement. Subletting is not usually allowed within residential tenancies, and unchecked tenants could also cause disputes with neighbouring properties e.g. noise.
  6. Establish a good line of communication with your tenant and try to remain calm and professional at all times.
    If things do start to escalate make sure that you record all interactions with the tenant (texts, emails, etc) and where possible have a witness present if you are dealing with them face-to-face.
  7. Always give tenants the required notice before entering the property, as then there can be no dispute over unauthorised entry.

All a landlord wants is a happy tenant who pays their rent consistently and looks after the property. So it is always best to do your utmost to avoid disputes, as they can be extremely expensive, tiresome and stressful.

Our impartial and dedicated service can provide you with complete peace of mind that your investment will be protected, helping to reduce the chances of disputes cropping up in the future and maintaining a healthy relationship with your tenant.

Enlist the help of a reliable and experienced inventory provider, by calling us today on 020 3713 4933.

Tenancy deposits

Tenancy deposits

The tenancy deposit plays a key role in the property rental process for both the landlord and tenant, with private landlords generally asking that it be paid by their new tenants to cover damage or unpaid rent. It protects the landlord in the event of the tenant causing damage to the property or leaving without paying the rent.

What the tenancy deposit covers should be confirmed in writing by the landlord, whether in the tenancy agreement or a separate document that the landlord gives to the tenant and that both parties should sign. The deposit money belongs to the tenant, to whom it should be returned in full at the end of the tenancy if all of the due rent has been paid and no deduction claim by the landlord.

Should certain losses occur, however, the landlord is entitled to make reasonable deductions from the deposit to cover them. The tenancy deposit amount requested by landlords is usually equivalent to one or two months’ rent, although there is no legal restriction on the amount that may be asked for. This means that a larger deposit may be demanded if the landlord has concerns about the tenant’s credit rating, or if the tenant is unable to provide someone to act as a guarantor when requested.

A property inventory provider can play an invaluable role for both parties in circumstances where a tenancy deposit is asked for. Having an inventory carried out prior to the tenant moving in helps to prevent disputes about the amount of the deposit that should be returned once the tenancy comes to an end. Such is the importance of an inventory, that landlords and tenants are advised not to exchange a deposit until a check out inventory report has been compiled.

The inventory is a report that details the condition of the property at the time of inspection, encompassing its contents, fixtures and fittings. It is vital to have the inventory carried out by an experienced party, however, which is why so many landlords and tenants alike throughout London make Yellow Oak Inventories LTD their choice of property inventory provider.

Contact Yellow Oak Inventories LTD today about having an inventory undertaken that will give you the utmost peace of mind as a landlord or tenant.

 

Top five things to consider when contracting an inventory company

Top five things to consider whenAn inventory is an essential part of any legitimate tenancy agreement, as it is a comprehensive list of all the contents of the property as well as a record of its condition.

Ideally the inventory should be supplied by an independent inventory clerk, to avoid disputes in the future and to ensure it’s clear to both parties what damages (if any) need to be paid for by the tenants.

Skipping an inventory on arrival and departure can be short-sighted, as you can never predict a dispute further down the line. An inventory will prevent time and energy being wasted in the future.

But with so many inventory companies to choose from how do you choose ‘the right one’?

5 things for private landlords and agents to consider:

    1. Is the company fully regulated and insured?
      Look for the abbreviations APIP (The Association of Professional Inventory Providers) and AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks). These memberships ensure that the clerk is trained to the highest standard, as well as being fully aware of any relevant legislation changes.
    2. Is the company trustworthy?
      Ask whether they can provide you with any recommendations of their services. If possible; review their website and/or social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to gauge customer feedback and professionalism of the company.
    3. Is the company experienced and impartial?
      Experience in the industry is paramount; talk to them about their background, have they previously been a landlord, a property investor, an Estate Agent etc. Experience should also guarantee a quick turnaround and quality of services. Speaking to someone first hand can tell you so much more than a website, you can get an understanding of their ethos, their approach and most importantly whether it is someone you want to do business with.
    4. Can the company provide an example report?
      Is it detailed?
      Is it professionally formatted?
      Does it have web accessible digital colour images?
    5. Does the company provide a midterm review / inspection service?
      This assists in determining if the tenant is complying with their contractual obligation and provides extra protection for your property, as well as piece of mind.

When choosing an inventory company you need to ensure they provide a consistently reliable service to you and your landlords/clients. Our experience within the industry has ensured that we have learnt from the mistakes of others to create a company that offers an impartial and dedicated service that is second to none.

Discover why Yellow Oak Inventories is a solid investment for your business, call us today on 020 3713 4933.

What you need to know about our inventory check in

yellowoakFor landlords, tenants, relocation agents and letting agents alike, the importance of the right inventory service cannot be underestimated. Here at Yellow Oak Inventories LTD, we take pride in offering such a service of the highest standard – impartial, professional and fully regulated – for the aforementioned parties across London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Buckinghamshire and East Oxfordshire.

A key part of the inventory process is inventory check in, but first, it is important to appreciate just what a property inventory is. This detailed report of a property’s condition includes visual and written information on all of the property’s contents, fixtures and fittings at the time of inspection, and exists to illustrate whether and to what an extent a property may have changed during a tenancy, in addition to providing evidence to help establish who is responsible for these changes.

Having been compiled by an unbiased party prior to a tenant’s move into a property, the inventory report acts as a binding agreement between the landlord and tenant when it is signed. The inventory check in process involves the clerks of a company like Yellow Oak Inventories LTD guiding the incoming tenant or their representative through the previously completed inventory document, explaining it as well as answering any of their questions.

It is also at this stage where note is made of any changes that may have occurred between the inventory and check in. This is followed by the signing of the inventory document by both parties, albeit with a seven day allowance in case the tenant encounters any issues while living in and using the property. However, there doesn’t need to be an inventory report for a check in to take place, with any property defects still being noted.

Contact Yellow Oak Inventories LTD today about our inventory check in services. Not only are all December 2014 and January and February 2015 bookings met with a 30 per cent discount, but we really do offer the complete service, with the report being agreed with the tenant and signed by the tenant and clerk. Utility meters are also taken where accessible, followed by the release of the keys.

Our overall report turnaround is also a swift one – which is just one more reason to get in touch with Yellow Oak Inventories LTD for the most comprehensive inventory check in service.

 

Yellow Oak Inventories LTD is a leading choice for property inventory services

Yellow Oak Inventories LTD is a leading choice for property inventory services

A property inventory will always be of integral importance, given its role in illustrating any changes in the given property during a tenancy. When an inventory report of the highest standard is prepared, not only is the landlord’s property protected, but so is the tenant’s deposit. Inventories also help to avoid agents, tenants and landlords wasting time with disagreements at the end of tenancies.

It is in order to protect the interests of the landlord, tenant and agent that Yellow Oak Inventories LTD offers fully regulated, impartial and professional property inventory services. Our clients are located throughout London and range from landlords and tenants to letting agents and relocation agents.

Not only does a well-prepared inventory illustrate how the property has changed during the tenancy, but in so doing, it also provides the evidence required to establish who is responsible for such changes. However, this only increases the importance of the organisation providing the property inventory services in question to be a truly independent party.

Yellow Oak Inventories LTD ably fulfils this vital role with its impartial, detailed and professional inventory reports, accompanied by digital colour photographs so that the most in-depth record of the property at the time of the inspection can be ensured. We also have years of property industry experience and employ the most professional, efficient and flexible clerks, so that every client benefits from the most personalised service.

For services ranging from inventory, check-in and check-out to mid-term review/inspection, simultaneous inventory/check-in and snagging reports, Yellow Oak Inventories LTD can be depended upon to offer the most independent and professional service. It is as part of this that we use fully insured clerks who can assure you of a swift turnaround.

Furthermore, we have full membership of both the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) and the Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP). APIP, in turn, are part of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA). Our membership of such bodies ensures the utmost standard of training for our clerks, who are also kept up-to-date about any changes to the law concerning both inventories and the wider property sector.

Contact Yellow Oak Inventories LTD today to learn more about our esteemed property inventory services and to make a booking.