The inventory or check-out report
This is a document which lists the condition of the property, and its contents, room by room.
An accurate inventory is a vital document in the event of a dispute over the return of your deposit.
Before you move your belongings in, go through the inventory provided or produce your own if one has not been provided. For an example inventory go to england.shelter.org.uk and search ‘making an inventory’.
The inventory must be detailed and it must be signed by all parties (including the letting agent or landlord if possible) showing that you agree on the contents and condition of the property and its contents. Take as many photos as possible, not forgetting
front and back gardens where relevant, to show the condition of the property and particularly where there is any sign of wear and tear or damage.
Do not sign it unless it is accurate. If there are details missing or details you do not agree with, you can annotate and add to it as appropriate before you sign it. If your landlord or letting agent tells you that an inventory is not needed ask for
confirmation of this in writing and keep a copy of your request and any reply. You may need it as evidence in the event of a dispute.
Be sure to return the inventory by the deadline specified.