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  New guide makes end of tenancies easier for landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new guide to make the process of concluding a lease easier for landlords, tenants and agents, ahead of annual busiest day for end of tenancies.

TDS expects Thursday 21st September to be the busiest period for tenancies coming to an end, based on historical data over the last ten years.

Last year, the third Thursday in September TDS saw 18,000 tenancies coming to an end, compared to the average of 1,300.

The downloadable guide offers the latest advice on what to do when a tenant is due to move out of a property, in particular highlighting the key points to address before, during, and after a check-out inspection.

Michael Morgan, director of dispute resolution at TDS, said: “We see many disputes where a few simple steps taken before the end of the tenancy could avoid problems later on. Tools like our new guide and the deposit deduction template provide a solid structure and basis for end of tenancy procedures and to improve deduction negotiations.

“If tenants better understand the reasons for deductions at an early stage and can see the justification for them, they are much more likely to agree.”

Steve Harriott, TDS chief executive added: “This is great guidance for members and their tenants – and another great example of the work being done by TDS to reduce disputes and improve practices for dealing with tenancy deposits.”

TDS’ new guidance is available to download here

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