Digital inventories fail to stand up in court says AIIC

07 April 2012 Categories: News

Digital inventories fail to stand up in court says AIIC

The digital age has understandably seen a rise in popularity of the digital property inventory but according to the AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks) digital photos submitted as part of a check-in inventory still need to be backed up by a full, well written description of condition and existing damage. Figures show that landlords and letting agents that rely on photographic and video inventories alone are much less likely to win claims with regards to property damage.

Chair of the AIIC, Pat Barber, recently commented on the use of digital inventories saying; “We have seen some excellent inventories with the right balance of detail, supported by photography and video. But, more often than not, the photographs submitted in inventories are little larger than thumbnails and hence make it extremely difficult to see detail.”

Barber then went on to say that for large areas, such as carpets, walls and ceilings, photographs were acceptable however for small areas that require detail, including things like the condition of kitchen work surfaces, chips and scratches to hand basins and furniture etc. nothing can beat a good old-fashioned written description.

With this in mind the AIIC are recommending the use of high quality digital photography in combination with a written document to create an inventory that will stand up to any dispute case.