Since April 2007, with the introduction of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, a Landlord is not allowed to take compensation from their Tenant’s deposit without proof of the condition of the property at the start of the tenancy. The most effective way to avoid disputes arising at the end of the Tenancy is to have a full Inventory/Schedule of Condition Report on the condition of the property at the beginning of your tenancy.

Opening Inventory, Schedule of Condition, Cleanliness Reporting

Where the landlord has failed to produce an Inventory or you are not satisfied with the one you have been given, then protect yourself and your deposit with an independent accurate record of the condition of the property including embedded, dated photographic evidence. Sample Report Link

Pre Check Out Inspection

Protect your deposit by arranging for us to visit you prior to vacating the property. We will advise you on what works you need to carry out to try and ensure that you receive the deposit back in full.

Check Out / Closing Inspections

We can act as a professional independent advisor to give you the confidence if you are unsure as to what deductions are appropriate in regards to your deposit. Sample Report Link


Stef Cooke Inventory Services can provide that peace of mind.

You can find further information about the Deposit Protection Schemes on the following websites:

The Deposit Protection Service:


Tenancy Deposit Scheme:


My Deposits:


The Dispute Service: