Check-out is not just about releasing tenants, it’s a whole procedure that has many legal intricacies. So let’s look at it in detail. We divide check-out into three stages.
- Before check-out. The owner must send the notice by the deadline. Be sure to make sure the notice is received by your tenant and is in the process of being processed. After receiving the notice, tenants should begin preparations. They should make repairs, clean, check that appliances and other equipment are in good working order, and tidy up the garden.
The optimal solution is to discuss check-out while the tenant is living in your home. He may have last seen the lease several years ago and forgotten about his responsibilities. Discussing it beforehand helps avoid many stressful problems in the future.
- Check-out Process. If the tenant has fulfilled all their contractual obligations, the check-out process goes smoothly and without problems. You need to use the inventory of property drawn up when the tenant moved in. If the inventory is not detailed enough, it may be difficult for you to to deduct cost of broken or missing item from tenant. Such cases are common in practice. Experienced landlords and apartment owners prefer to hire check-out inventory. The specialist helps to sort out the controversial issues and solve the problem in a short time.
- After the сheck out. If the dispute remains unresolved, the owner should prepare for lengthy dispute procedures. You will have to convince your tenant to deduct the cost of the damage from the deposit yourself. If the tenant does not agree with your claims, you will need to seek the services of a third party. This could be a dispute resolution service. The next step is to go to court with evidence.
If you do not want to burden yourself with such problems, we recommend using the services of an inventory company in London.