An inventory of inventories

Par Hélène Baratte le 10/3/2011 | Theme : Renting/house-sharing

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The inventory

The inventory is drawn up:
- just before the tenant arrives, the keys are handed over, before the tenant moves in their furniture, and 
- at the end of the lease.

According to article 1730 of the Civil Code, the inventory is designed to ensure that the rental property is left in the same condition as it was in at the start of the tenancy:

"If an inventory has been drawn up between the landlord and the tenant, the latter must leave the property as they found it, in the same condition, with the exception of any items destroyed or damaged by fair wear and tear or force majeure."

Whereas an unfurnished property which is the tenant’s main place of residence is governed by the law of 6 July 1989 aimed at improving relations between landlords and tenants, furnished property is governed by article L632-1 of the construction and housing code.  

Drawing up the inventory at the start and end of the tenancy, or “taking an inventory”, describing the rental property room by room, has been made a legal requirement for our benefit, in order to avoid any disputes when the tenant leaves. 

The inventory must be attached to the tenancy agreement.

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