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Housing Advice - Moving in and moving out
What is an inventory?A detailed list of items in the property. It also includes comments on the cleanliness of the property.
What should the inventory contain?The inventory should contain everything that is in the property, from whether the toilet seat is secured properly to whether the carpet is without holes. Ensure that the meter readings are also included.
Download our dedicated Private Housing Guide for more information on the move-out and inventory process. 
When you move inYou need to check the inventory thoroughly. Note any discrepancies and take photographs. You should then email the agent/landlord and state: “ We moved into (address) today (date) and noted the following discrepancies.” Then list all of the changes. If an inventory hasn’t been organised, you can create one yourself using a template and then send it to the landlord or agent within seven days of moving in.
At the end of the tenancyMake sure you take all of your belongings and rubbish with you to avoid being charged. You also need to check the inventory and ensure that all items are back in their original rooms and that the property is clean. You might want to take pictures of how you left the property. The inventory will be used to assess whether any deductions are made from your deposit. There is an allowance for ‘fair wear and tear’ which means any marks from normal everyday use is allowed. As long as the property is in the same condition as when you moved in, your deposit should be returned.
InsuranceLandlords should have building insurance and furniture may also be covered, but it is unlikely that your personal possessions will be insured so it is important that you purchase your own contents insurance.
Many companies offer student deals. Most companies have different exclusion clauses and limitations so read these carefully before you sign anything. Look out for clauses that mean your possessions are uninsured if the property is unattended for a specified period of time. Whatever you decide to do about your insurance policy, remember that no or low insurance is false economy.

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