When moving into a long-term rental property it’s necessary to complete an inventory of its contents and a report on its condition. This includes the condition of the fixtures and fittings, the state of furniture and furnishings, the cleanliness and state of the decoration, and anything that’s damaged, missing or in need of repair.
An inventory should be provided by your landlord or agent and may include every single item in a furnished property (down to the number of teaspoons). If an inventory isn’t provided, you should insist on one being prepared and annexed to the lease. If you find a serious fault after signing the inventory, send a registered letter to your landlord and ask for it to be attached to the inventory.
The inventory check should be carried out in your presence, both when taking over and when terminating a rental agreement. If the two inventories don’t correspond, you must make good any damages or deficiencies or the landlord can do so and deduct the cost from your deposit. Although Irish landlords are generally no worse than those in most other countries, some will do almost anything to avoid repaying a deposit. Note the reading on your utility meters (e.g. electricity, gas and water) and check that you aren’t overcharged on your first bill. The meters should be read by utility companies before you move in, although you may need to arrange it yourself.