Trade body advises agents to stop tenants ‘gaming’ wear and tear


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The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is advising letting agents and landlords to be wary of any tenant seeking to ‘game’ the system over reasonable wear and tear costs.

The association claims that tenants are increasingly aware of the difference between fair wear and tear and actual damage, making it key that agents and landlords have thorough procedures in place to make reasonable charges for genuine damage caused on a rental property.

A recent YouGov survey of 2,000 tenants for property platform TheHouseShop.com revealed that not all tenants accept responsibility – some 33 per cent of private renters said they would not tell their landlord if they did significant damage to their property.

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