Condition Reports ('Inventories')

No later than the day after you move in, the landlord/agent must provide you with 2 signed copies of a condition report (or “inventory”) stating their assessment of the condition of the property, and any goods leased with it (s29 RTA).

You have 2 weeks to return 1 copy to them.

Take the time provided because it gives you an opportunity to live in the property and identify problems that are not immediately visible. If you agree with the report, simply sign it and return the copy to the landlord/agent. If you don’t agree with part or all of the statements, add your own comments, sign it, make a copy, and give them a copy.

It is very important that you keep a copy of the report with your comments. Keep it with your lease and other documents.

Remember, the condition report is viewed as evidence of the condition of the property at the beginning of the tenancy (s 30 RTA). The landlord, or their agent, may use the lack of detail to claim for damage done before you moved in. It is very important to complete the condition report in as much detail as possible. It is also advisable to take photos or video the premises at the same time.

If you don’t receive a condition report you should document this, advise the landlord/agent in writing that it hasn’t been received. You should also download or do your own Condition Report. If, at the end of the tenancy, no condition report is produced by the landlord/agent, then what you say should be accepted by the ACAT as evidence of the condition of the premises at the start of your tenancy.

Form more information see ‘Bond’