This is a blog clinic question from Deb who is a landlord.
Regarding inventories of a shared house let on a ‘joint & several liability’ basis where some tenants stay & some tenants are replaced with new ones, how should the house inventory be dealt with?
Eg: if there is a shared house with 4 people (let on a joint & several liability basis) and at the end of the tenancy, 2 tenants stay and 2 new tenants move in, the 4 tenants signing a new tenancy with the landlord, what do you recommend doing about the inventory?
Should the whole property be ‘inventoried’ out when the 2 tenants move out, & ‘inventoried in’ again with a new inventory with the 2 existing tenants + 2 new tenants, or is there a way of saving time – and paperwork – on this one, as 2 tenants are continuing in the property?
If this happened every 6 months, or even every year, it could be quite onerous.
A tricky question and it would be interesting to hear what others do in this situation. My view is that if there is any damage, it is only fair to the incoming tenants that the condition of the property is recorded so they don’t get blamed for something which is not their responsibility.
If the property is not to be re-inventoried, then this should be in agreement with them.
But what do you think?