The Importance of a Schedule of Condition
What is a Schedule of Condition?
A Schedule of Condition is a detailed, comprehensive documented description of the condition of a property at the outset of a tenancy. The schedule will include written descriptions of the condition of each room in the property supported by photographs.
The schedule of Condition protects both the landlord and the tenant andprovides essential evidence if a dispute is raised at the end of the tenancy. Without a professional Schedule of Condition, the landlord has no evidence to prove neglect and claim compensation against a tenant. The document also ensures that a landlord cannot make spurious or exaggerated claims against a tenant.
How the Schedule of Condition Protects both Landlord and Tenant
The Schedule of Condition is a benchmark against which the property can be assessed at the end of a tenancy. Th tenant is expected to leave the property in similar condition and state of cleanliness as it was at the start of the tenancy, after making an allowance for ‘normal fair wear and tear’.
The Schedule of Condition protects the landlord in circumstances where the property has been left in a worse condition than it was at the start of the tenancy (typically cleaning or repair of damage is required). In this case a claim can be made against the deposit. The Schedule also protects the tenant if there are disputes over ‘normal fair wear and tear’.
When the Schedule of Condition is Essential
If a property is in a state of disrepair at the beginning of a tenancy, the Schedule of Condition ensures that the tenant is not liable to put right any repairs caused by a previous tenant.
Also, at the end of a tenancy, if a dispute goes to arbitration, the Schedule of Condition is often the critical evidence used to decide the outcome.
Putting Your Mind at Rest
At Dorset Property we always use professional third-party Inventory companies, who provide first-class comprehensive inventories and schedules of condition, providing peace of mind for both our landlords and tenants.
Added: 11th November 2019