Prior to the commencement of the tenancy, an appropriate inventory should be prepared. The principle items to be included in the inventory must be made clear to the potential tenant at the earliest convenient opportunity.
You can find further guidance about inventories in A guide to best practice for inventory providers published jointly by RICS, APIP, ARLA, Asset Skills and NAEA.
Having a proper inventory which is checked and agreed by the tenants is very important. If you do not have this then you will experience problems if the tenants choose to challenge any deductions you may wish to make from the deposit at the end of the tenancy.
You may wish to use an independent inventory clerk – this will ensure that your inventory will be seen as independent even if the tenants fail to sign it as agreed for some reason.