Always take photographs before you move in!
These photos could become an important piece of evidence when you are claiming back your deposit at the end of the tenancy. You will never know which details your landlord will be looking at, so we would advise you to back your check-in inventory list with the visuals just in case.
Take photos of:
- each room from a few different angles;
- unclean spots, changed colours, broken furniture, and everything that seems not quite right.
It is very important to make sure:
- to take photos before signing the agreement or taking the keys – you want to add them to the inventory list which you will be handing to the landlord to sign;
- the photos should reflect the exact state in which you are receiving the rental. If some furniture piece is going to be removed after you move in – make sure it’s written down on the inventory list.
Advice inspired by Rentergirl’s writing in Guardian: Moving out can mean it’s curtains for common sense
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