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image for condition report articleWhen you come to leasing your property there is little that is more important than the Condition Report.

Why ? Because this document and the associated photographs determine the condition of the property at the commencement of the tenancy.

Often owners are too focused on what their agent charges in terms of letting fees rather than considering the important aspects of management of the property.

Our company often takes over management of rental properties from other agents where the quality of the ingoing Condition Reports ranges from very poor to non-existent !!

The Condition Report is completed prior to a new tenant moving in and two copies are given to the tenant for comment and signing.

If the tenant does not agree with any sections then they must mention this on the report and give a reason. The report is not a request for maintenance, a common misunderstanding by tenants. Tenants should submit any maintenance request separately to the agent if maintenance is required after moving into a property.

Once completed, a copy of the report is retained by the tenant whilst the other copy must be returned to the agent or landlord within three business days.

At the end of the tenancy it is this report and photos that are used to determine whether the property has been returned to the landlord or agent in the condition that it was at the beginning – allowing for ‘fair wear and tear’.

The condition report is an extremely important document. It may be used as evidence if there is a dispute sometime in the future about who should pay for cleaning, damage, or replacement of missing items.

Not all Property Managers take the care and attention to detail that is required with an ingoing Condition Report.

At Sandhurst Residential Real Estate, our very detailed report as well as extensive photos provides a very clear picture of the condition of the property at the commencement of the tenancy and is tangible evidence of ‘you get what you pay for’.

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