Whilst the article highlighted below is aimed at tenants. the suggestion that photographs should be taken at the start and end of the tenancy equally applies to landlords.
Photographs, along with a detailed inventory, will assist in evidencing the state of the property prior to the tenant moving in and at check out. This will help to establish the level of damage, if any, for which the landlord and/or tenant are responsible for under the tenancy agreement. This, in turn, will reduce disputes relating to the tenancy deposit.
Since 2007, deposit money must be protected in a government-approved scheme. This can be either through an insurance scheme or a custodial scheme. If there’s a dispute at the end of the tenancy over deductions made from the deposit, the scheme adjudicates the matter. If you want to make sure you get your full deposit back, ARLA Propertymark asked landlords to reveal the most common reasons why they may hold back some or all of the money to cover various costs: