How To Put Together an Inventory List for a Swedish Sublet
The inventory list is an important part of the rental process. Without a signed inventory list, you cannot make any claims for damages or loss against your tenant. A proper inventory list helps you to avoid any disputes between you and your tenant and is an important addition to the rental lease.
Here are tips on how to put together an inventory list:
Take your time and start early as putting together an inventory list for fully furnished properties takes more time than you may have imagined.
The inventory list should be a written document with pictures being an excellent addition. Unfortunately, a video of your inventory will not be sufficient since it needs to be in written form and signed for by the tenant.
We recommend grouping inventory into rooms and then smaller sections of a specific room. For example, kitchen divided into: furniture, electronics, cutlery etc. Create more or less sub-groups depending on your preferences. Many landlords only list the things that they want to be compensated for if damaged or lost, so the level of detail in your inventory list is very much a personal preference.
Note down the condition of your inventory, especially furniture, in your document. Add pictures.
If you are worried about specific items, consider removing them or replacing with more affordable items. IKEA mugs are replaceable but your grandma’s tea set from the 1930 is probably not.
Last but not least: make sure the tenant signs the inventory list to make it legally binding.
Don’t forget to create written instructions to your tenants or buy our ready-made document HERE (insert button?). The written instructions should also be signed when the tenant moves in as they are referenced in such a way in our leases that they are legally binding. Unfortunately, your verbal instructions are very hard to prove in a legal dispute years later.
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