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How is the tenant protected against faults and damage to the property prior to them moving in?

The property will need to be left in the same condition as is handed over to the tenant. This shall be monitored by a documented report called the ‘Entry Condition Report’ which shall serve as a protection to the tenant against the claim of a Landlord for damage or condition of a property which was present before the Tenant’s occupation. This must be signed by both parties. Who pays for exactly what i.e. repairs, maintenance etc shall be stipulated in the Tenancy Contract, and both parties are bound by this agreement.

Upon leaving the property, an ‘Exit Condition Report’ is completed by the Tenant and Landlord (or Landlord’s Agent) and the both reports must match. It is a good idea to take some photographs of any damage which your concerned about to ensure you are not blamed for damage, have the Landlord or Landlord’s Agent sign these immediately to protect yourself.

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