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What happens when works started prior to check-out inventory?

Myself and two others moved out of our rented flat recently, the contract had not been extended as we were informed the property management company wanted to refurbish it. The check-out inventory took place a couple of days later. The estate agent sent through the completed check-out report. It is very detailed and includes every scuff and chip, however the pictures clearly show that the landlord/property management company had entered the flat after we moved out prior to it being completed and begun the refurbishment works. All of the furniture is in a completely different configuration to how we left it, the bedroom stuff had been moved into the living room, wardrobes shifted around, dust sheets and ladders put down etc. Is my understanding correct that this invalidates the report? They haven't yet mentioned how much money they might be planning to deduct from the deposit but am I correct that this is now effectively not worth the paper it's written on?

Asked on Nov 30 2012, Renting in London | Report content

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  • If you feel the wear and tear when leaving was an acceptable level, and additional damage has been caused since you left, you need to try and negotiate with your landlord. Some wear and tear has to be accepted, as properties lived in will see general wear and tear to things like carpets etc. Please read the link below, also look at the advice on shelters website if you need to go into writing letters.

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