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There is no legal definition of what constitutes ‘furnished’ or ‘unfurnished’ rental property. It is sometimes suggested that ‘furnished’ property should contain sufficient appliances, furniture and utensils to allow a tenant to live there without having to add anything.

However, what is certain is that what is provided at the outset and included in the inventory signed by tenant and landlord, should be there throughout the tenancy and maintained in good working order. This may mean that on occasion landlords have to replace appliances or even broken and worn out furniture, during the course of a tenancy.

To download an inventory form visit the Residential Landlord Landlord forms section.

This, of course, does not give tenants the right to do other than treat contents with reasonable care. They can be asked to pay for damage, other than normal wear and tear, and losses.

Besides basic furniture, furnished accommodation will also come with kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery and other items including carpets and other flooring, light fittings, pictures, mirrors and ornaments. Naturally landlords require that these items be returned at the end of a tenancy in the same condition (subject to fair wear and tear) in which they have been supplied. Deposits, if taken, will – in part at least – be to cover the cost of breakages and replacements.

But to be sure that all is returned as expected (and to provide proof of what has been provided should this not be the case), all those items provided, including furniture and furnishings, appliances and utensils, light fitting and ornaments, cutlery and crockery, and garden tools and equipment, need to be listed at the outset and a receipt for their supply provided by the tenant or tenants.

Such ‘inventories’ should be in sufficient detail to identify each item and its condition when supplied.  Some landlords supplement written, room-by-room, inventories with photographic evidence (pictures or sometimes videos). Others rely on the services of their agents or a professional inventory company to ensure they have adequate records of what has been supplied by way of contents.

Tenants should be given time to check that inventories are correct (two copies should be provided) and asked to sign the landlords’ copy (and copies of any pictures or any video disks).

This documentation should be retained during the tenancy and at least until return or otherwise of the deposit (if any) has been resolved. Should there be a dispute over the deposit this will be handled according to the rules of the deposit-protection scheme used, and the landlord should be in a position to provide full evidence of damage or losses in the form of an inventory signed by the tenant. 

 




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