Check Out Report

What is the check out report?

A check out report is vitally important at the end of a tenancy. When a tenancy ends, we conduct check out reports which are independent and thorough. During a check out, we will bring the inventory and check in and compare the fixtures and fittings of the property to see if there is any changes to the condition of the property. Any marks or damages will be written down, photographed and measured where applicable for accuracy.

Our typed report will first make clear comparisions between the Check In sheet and the general condition at Check Out; which will make it easy to see a general oversight at a quick glance. For example, if the Check In sheet has recorded that the property was professionally cleaned at move-in, but the Check Out sheet shows that the property was only domestically cleaned, the landlord or agent can recommend a deposit deduction based on the need to get cleaners in.

Our check out reports will give recommendations for each damage noted and whether we recommend compensation for the damage, a cost of replacement or general fair wear and tear. If any maintenance issues are seen, these are also included and recommended to be addressed, such as a potential need for re-sealing a bath or tightening a dripping tap.

What are some typical charges for tenants?

Gardening and cleaning oversights

Scuff marks and chips to walls

Cracks to fridge trays

Scratch marks to flooring

Light bulbs not working

 What is Fair Wear and Tear?

The House of Lords defines it as the "reasonable use of the premises by the tenant and the ordinary operation of natural forces".

The landlord is usually responsible for external and major structural repairs to the building. You, as the tenant, are usually responsible for internal decoration and for making sure that fixtures, fittings, furniture and other contents are not damaged because of your negligence.

You will not usually be responsible for making good any damage caused by 'fair wear and tear'. Exactly what you are responsible for will normally be described in the tenancy agreement.  'Fair wear and tear' will take into account the length of the tenancy, the number of occupiers, the condition at check in and the quality of the item listed.

Cleaning oversights, including stains, are never fair wear and tear. Just because an oven has been used, it can still be returned to the condition at check-in with a good clean!

Small light scuffs on walls could be fair wear and tear, whereas some dents, heavier scuffs and scratches would usually warrant some compensation.

A more comprehensive detail of Fair Wear and Tear can be accessed by following below:

http://www.depositprotection.com/documents/a-guide-to-tenancy-deposits-disputes-and-damages.pdf