Residential property inventories
The shortest common tenancy period in the UK is 6 months, with many tenants living at their rented property for more than 3 years. Every tenancy cycle will start with a new Inventory Schedule of Condition, more advanced and professional letting agents will also organise a Check-In inventory and at the end of the renting period a Check-Out inspection will be scheduled.
No matter how well tenants are looking after their rented property, it will not be in the same condition at the end of the tenancy as it was at its start. Wear and tear will inevitably occur to carpets, walls, and other fixtures, fittings and decorations. Even well looked after contents will deteriorate with time and use.
Tenants will normally be liable for damages, missing items, or cleaning issues to the property which is in excess of fair wear and tear. Landlords need to allow for fair wear and tear during a tenancy.