A tenant could be putting themselves at risk of accepting potential faults that they were not responsible for (if such faults had been missed in the Entry Condition Report).
At the end of the tenancy when the exit inspection is completed the ‘Entry Condition Report’ is used to compare the state of the property now to that stated in the original Entry Condition Report.
If the tenant has not reviewed and returned the signed Entry Condition Report then it is automatically recorded that the tenant has agreed with the report.
The purpose of an Entry Condition Report is to record the condition of the property at the commencement of the residential tenancy. The landlord (or the landlord’s agent) is required to complete 3 copies of the report – 2 copies for the tenant and 1 for the landlord.
As a tenant it is important that you complete the report and return it within 7 days. This ensures there is a document that has been completed by both parties agreeing to the condition of the premises at the start of the tenancy.
We see time and time again that tenants either fail to return their Entry Condition Report or fail to see the importance of completing it. The landlord or their agent may miss something and if the tenant fails to complete or return the report, this is taken as acceptance. We can not stress strongly enough how important it is to record any amendments on the Entry Condition Report such as damage, wear and tear or state of cleanliness, and return the report once completed. Failing to do so makes any discrepancy your responsibility at the end of the tenancy.
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