Our current lease is up on the 21st of Jan and I have decided to start the packing and cleaning process now as I am 37 weeks pregnant and know it will take me longer to get it done this time with a newborn!
We were having a look around yesterday and DH mentioned that he hopes we do not get stung for any previous tenant damage such as a whole in the hallway that has had putty put over it but hasn't been sanded back nor repainted, bedrooms 2 & 3 both had broken window screens and the back fence was scratched up by her 2 staffies! I told DH no worries, I'll get the condition report out... Da dum duuummmm!!! It is completely blank, neither us nor the property managers have filled it in or signed it!
I know we 100% mentioned the screens at our first inspection as we kept getting spiders but whether that is listed anywhere I'm not sure! We also mentioned the fence in passing which is how we found out the previous tenant had staffy dogs but again not sure if it was documented anywhere!!!
Now after reading everyones bad experiences with getting their bonds back I would be lying if I said I'm not too now! I'm wondering would be able to pin this stuff on us and if they tried how successful they would be considering in the law handbook it states that a landlord or real estate agent must provide a signed condition report upon entry into a lease to the tenant if the tenant has paid a bond!!!
This is stress we don't need, how could I have missed this? I hope we are not part of the minority that seems to get taken for a ride when it comes to our bond :'(
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