Landlords 'need evidence' to support deposit claims

Posted: 10 Dec 2008 12:01:25 GMT

            Property News - Landlords 'need evidence' to support deposit claims

Landlords have been urged to ensure they can provide conclusive evidence if they choose to keep hold of some or all of a tenant's deposit.

While has acknowledged that landlords are to blame in some instances when a deposit-related dispute arises, the tenancy deposit protection scheme has highlighted the fact that some buy-to-let property owners are losing out as they have insufficient testimony to support justifiable claims of tenant negligence.

As a result, chairman David Salusbury suggests landlords make an effort to cover their backs.

Action could come in the form of including creating an inventory for an incoming tenant, taking photographic evidence to show signs of wear and tear and keeping bank statements to demonstrate non-payment of rent.

"The vast majority of tenancies end harmoniously but when problems do arise landlords need to be prepared to safeguard themselves against abuses of the system," he commented.

"Although the deposit remains the property of the tenant, landlords should not find themselves paying for any tenants' misdemeanours out of their own pockets."

The National Landlords Association recently called for the government's Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme to be extended to benefit buy-to-let property owners.

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