Terms and Conditions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. General

1.1 These terms and conditions of business are for the services provided by Bluebird Inventory Ltd, an independent property inventory company and service supplier to the property lettings market to any instructing principal and/or client. The commissioning of Bluebird Inventory Ltd property inventory services by any instructing principal on behalf of their client, the client or the client’s legal representative is deemed to be in agreement with these terms and conditions.2.Provision of Services

2.1 Bluebird Inventory Ltd can take instructions by telephone and email. Once an instruction to prepare a report is received, an agreement is deemed to exist between Bluebird Inventory Ltd and the instructing party under these terms and conditions.

2.2 If the client appoints an instructing principle as their representative to commission Bluebird Inventory Ltd for any type of service, it is the responsibility of the instructing principle and not that of Bluebird Inventory Ltd to make the client aware of these terms and conditions of business.

2.3. Bluebird Inventory Ltd do not accept or recognize a plea of ignorance by either the instructing principal or that of the client.

2.4. Our clerks always aim to arrive at the appointed time but occasionally this may not be possible due to unforeseen circumstances out of our control. If the agent, landlord or tenant is more than 15 minutes late our clerk will leave the property and the instructing client will be charged for an aborted call.

3.Operating Hours

3.1 The operating hours of Bluebird Inventory Ltd is open from 8am to 8pm from Mondays to Sundays. All bookings and inventories are undertaken by Bluebird Inventory during these hours. There is no additional charge for Sundays and Bank Holidays.

4. Fees and Pricing

4.1. It is the responsibility of the instructing principal commissioning services to pay all fees for services rendered to or on behalf of the client in accordance with the scale of fees. Landlords are required to pre-pay to secure the booking. Letting Agents are to pay within 10 days of the invoice date.

4.2. An instructing principal shall pay all fees for the services provided within the period agreed and stated on the presented invoice.

4.3. If the client is not represented by an instructing principle the client will pay all fees due prior to or at the date and time the services are to take place, failure to do so will result in the services not taking place.

4.4  When our clerk accepts the instructing clients booking it will be confirmed by email and the identity of the clerk that has been assigned together with their contact details. This booking will take president over any new bookings that are requested on our system so if anyone requires a job at the same date and time it will be rejected. Should the instructing client cancel the booking, the clerk not able to gain access to the property or the tenant is not ready to move in or out without giving 48 hours prior notice they will be charged an aborted call fee of £50.

4.5 In the event any discrepancy caused by the instructing principal and/or the client, resulting in the service needing to be carried out again, the second or ‘new’ appointment will be treated completely separate to the prior and charged at full cost.

4.6 All reports generated by Bluebird Inventory Ltd and delivered via any type of medium, remains the sole property of Bluebird Inventory Ltd until all fees are paid in full.

4.7 The completed inventory reports will be sent to the instructing party in PDF format by email. Word documents and hard copies will not be provided and are not included in the fee. For paper copies of inventory reports an additional fee of £10 will be charged per report required.

4.8 Our pricing assumes that the property contains one reception room, one bathroom, one toilet and one kitchen. If there are additional rooms, there will be an additional charge of £15 per room

5. Disputes and Complaints

5.1. Any circumstances allegedly giving cause for complaint about the services or invoice for services provided by Bluebird Inventory Ltd must be notified by the client and/or instructing principle on behalf of the client within 5 working days of the services being completed and/ or before any tenancy deposit/ bond is returned to the tenant.

5.2 Bluebird Inventory Ltd does not accept any responsibility for any error or omission of data within a report.

5.3 In the event of a dispute between clients and all fees have not been paid in full, any reports delivered by Bluebird Inventory Ltd services, remain the sole property of Bluebird Inventory Ltd and therefore cannot be used in any way without written permission.

5.4 Bluebird Inventory Ltd reserves the right not to attend court for any dispute arising out of a dilapidation assessment between clients if a Bluebird Inventory Ltd representative did not attend the original check-in appointment or sign on behalf of the client.

5.5 Bluebird Inventory Ltd will attend court on behalf of the client, to argue any dilapidation assessment on termination of the tenancy, providing the original report for services were provided and signed by a Bluebird Inventory Ltd representative.

5.6 Whilst the greatest care will be taken at the time of the appointment, Bluebird Inventory Ltd do not accept responsibility for any accidental damage to the property, its contents, fixtures and fittings, howsoever caused by the inventory clerk whilst undertaking the inspection.

5.7  In the event of a dispute concerning the content of Inventory, check out or mid-term inspection reports by any party, we will not enter into protracted and lengthy correspondence by email or telephone conversations. When all parties are unlikely to agree to a situation, we reserve the right to withdraw from any further communication from any party and this decision will be agreed by the directors before advising the persons concerned.

6. Services

6.1 The reports prepared by Bluebird Inventory Ltd are intended as an independent, fair and accurate record of the décor, fixtures and fittings and furniture, which compose the internal content of the property, the condition of these items and the internal condition of the property. The report enables items to be visually identified only; no attempt will be made to ascertain the original manufacturer or period in which an item was produced. The report is no guarantee of the adequacy, or safety of all/any furniture, equipment and contents, merely a record that they exist in the property and the time the report is carried out.

6.2  The inventory clerk preparing a report is not an expert on fabrics, materials, antiques etc. or a qualified surveyor and the condition of the contents\fixtures and fittings are the clerks opinion only based on their experience of property inspections. All colours within the report are to mean description of colour only and not that of any metals. No attempt will be made to place a monetary value on the property or its contents, or to determine whether an item is genuine or reproduction. Any report provided by Bluebird Inventory Ltd should under no circumstances be used as a structural survey report.  Any additions\alterations\comments to the inventory report from the landlord or tenant will be added to the penultimate page and not in the respective room or area that it refers to.

6.3 Bluebird Inventory Ltd representative will not undertake to move heavy, large, awkward and/or valuable items of furniture

6.4 Items left in inaccessible places, lofts, cellars or in any areas behind locked doors will not be listed and/or inspected and are the sole responsibility of the client. We do not inspect communal areas such as hallways and gardens or any other shared spaces.
We do not open or test windows, the tenant should advise us if there are any issues

6.5 It is important to note that any contents must be situated in their respective rooms as specified in the report upon termination of the tenancy. Failure to do so will result in delay on appointment.

6.6 Any plants, cleaning materials, food and drink goods and spare light bulbs are considered perishable items and will not be listed on a report. Bluebird Inventory Ltd will not undertake to list any large number of books, CD’s and/or DVD’s, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans, small electrical items etc individually. If the landlord or letting agent would like miscellaneous items to be included in the inventory a list should be made available for us to copy and paste onto the end of the report. However, these items will not be inspected by Bluebird Inventory Ltd on check out but instead the responsibility of the instructing client.

6.7 Utility meter readings will be read and noted at check-in and checkout provided they are readily accessible, straightforward to locate and correctly labelled. It is the clients and/or instructing principal on behalf of the client’s responsibility to advise the location of any such utility meters prior to the inspection, especially in respect of water meters which can be difficult to locate and identify so the serial number should be provided. If we are unaware of, unable to locate or has unreasonable access to meters, they will remain unread and the landlord or tenant should provide the reading.
If the meters are accessed via a concierge they will be responsible for taking photos or supplying the relevant readings

 

6.8 The instructing principal and/or client are responsible for the security, heating, and plumbing and meter usage of the property both pre-and post Bluebird Inventory Ltd service

6.9 It has to be accepted that any time lapse between the completion of the inventory report and the check-in and/or checkout and subsequent check-in, cannot be independently verified by Bluebird Inventory Ltd. It has to be acknowledged that some alterations (any amount of damage, items removed or added) to the property may occur within this period.

6.10 Bluebird Inventory Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any lost or unaccounted for keys

6.11 Bluebird Inventory Ltd has the right to amend any part of the service and/or pricing at their discretion in line with future market changes or updated legislation or deemed to be relevant by Bluebird Inventory Ltd. In the event of any such changes, all existing customers will be notified either in writing or verbally of said changes before any additional services is booked.

6.12 Where Bluebird Inventory Ltd are instructed to undertake a check out report based upon an inventory not carried out by us, no responsibility will be accepted if the quality of that report is not of our standard. If items are not described fully or omitted entirely if defects or cleaning issues are noted no charges will be levied to the outgoing tenant.

6.13 If instructed by the client/ agent acting on behalf of the client and Interim Inspections will be undertaken to advise the landlord or letting agent if the tenant is looking after the property correctly. This report reflects the conditions found on the day of the inspection but will not necessarily accord with the condition found on the termination of the tenancy.

6.14 Keys: We will only list keys handed to us by the instructing agent/landlord in order to gain access to the property. If the client provides further keys that are left in the property at check in they will not be included unless specifically instructed to do so and a list provided.
Upon check out we will return the keys to the place instructed by the client/ agent. If no instructions are forthcoming we will secure the property and retain them until informed about their return. Further charges may be incurred for our clerks time or postage costs.

6.15 If there is an intruder alarm at the property, Bluebird Inventory Ltd must be advised of the disarming instructions. If we are unable to enter the property the booking will be cancelled and a fee of £50 will be charged.

7. Dilapidations

7.1 On termination of the tenancy the check-in and/or inventory make report is checked again and any discrepancies and/or variations will be reported to the instructing principle and/or the client. The checkout report will indicate, in the opinion of Bluebird Inventory Ltd representative, as to whether there is any liability on the tenant, or whether such deterioration could be assessed as fair wear and tear. Fair wear and tear is determined on the length of the tenancy, the type of occupancy, the quality and durability of items, noting that certain items receive more use. Bluebird Inventory Ltd acknowledges that the contractual terms listed in the tenancy agreement may overrule the opinion of the assessor.

7.2 Bluebird Inventory Ltd does not accept the responsibility of any dilapidations and/or remuneration for any such dilapidations noted or not noted on the report.

8. Regulations

8.1 All regulations published by the Department of Trade and Industry / Trading Standards / or any similar parties are the responsibility of the instructing principle and/or the client.

8.2 Where the report notes ‘fire label seen’ this should not be interpreted to mean the item complies with the ‘Furniture and Furnishings’ (Fire, Safety & Amendments) 1993. It is a record that the item had a label as described or similar to that detailed, in the ‘Guide to the Furniture and Furnishings’ (Fire)(Safety) Regulations as published by Department of

8.3 Trade and Industry, January 1997, (or subsequent edition), attached at the time this report was compiled. It is not a statement that the item can be considered to comply with the regulations.

 

9. Exclusions of Liability and Indemnity

9.1 In the event that the client and/or agent give Bluebird Inventory Ltd instructions which are followed in good faith and which turn out to be unlawful or result in an unlawful act or otherwise give rise to any other claim, you will provide Bluebird Inventory Ltd with full indemnity for all penalties, damages, costs and legal expenses whatsoever which may occur as the result of following the instructions.

9.2 Whilst every care will be taken when conducting the inventory or check out report Bluebird Inventory Ltd cannot be held responsible for the breakdown of any tools of the trade such as dictating machines, tablet devices, cameras, smoke alarm testers.

10. Law and Jurisdiction

10.1 This contract shall be governed by English law in every particular including formation and interpretation and shall be deemed to have been made in England
9.2 Any proceedings arising out of or in connection with this contract may be bought in any court of competent jurisdiction in England whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

11. Contract

11.1 No variation to these terms will be effective unless agreed in writing by an authorised signature of Bluebird Inventory Ltd.

12. Modifications of these Conditions of Use

12.1 Bluebird Inventory Ltd reserves the right to change the terms, conditions and notices at any time and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of such changes. The client and/or instructing principal are therefore responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms and Conditions and additional terms or notices posted on Bluebird Inventory Ltd website. The continued access of this website shall be deemed the client and/or instructing principle conclusive acceptance of the modified agreement.

13. Disclaimer/Limitation of Liability

13.1 Bluebird Inventory Ltd website and related information is provided by Bluebird Inventory Ltd on and ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis. Bluebird Inventory Ltd makes no express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements of any kind, or as to the operation of the website or the information, content, materials, or products included on the website. You expressly agree that your use of the website is at your sole risk.

13.2 To the full extent permissible by applicable law, Bluebird Inventory Ltd disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Bluebird Inventory Ltd does not warrant that the website, its servers, or e-mail sent from Bluebird Inventory Ltd are free of viruses or other harmful components. Bluebird Inventory Ltd will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages. Bluebird Inventory Ltd uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on the website. Bluebird Inventory Ltd assumes no liability or responsibility for any typographical or other errors or omissions in the content of the site. In the event that a product is listed at an incorrect price or with other incorrect information, Bluebird Inventory Ltd shall have the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for the product listed incorrectly. If a product offered by Bluebird Inventory Ltd is not as described, your sole remedy is to return it to Bluebird Inventory Ltd for a refund. All postage required to return a product will be at the buyer’s expense.

13.3 A full refund will be given providing we are advised that the appointment is cancelled 48 hours in advance of the booking.

14. Using the Inventory

14.1 Whilst all care and diligence has been taken to provide a fair and accurate report of the condition of the property and contents, we will not be held responsible for any items missed or damage not seen after 7 days from the date of this report.

The inventory will be compiled on the basis that unless stated, listed items are in good clean condition, free from obvious soiling, damage or defects. The clerk is not aware of recently bought items; ‘new’ is only stated if the item is still within packaging.

The Inventory check-in or check out will be compiled by the Clerk assuming that is safe and not detrimental to their well-being.

14.2 Windows are not checked to see whether they open or not.  It is the Tenants responsibility to report on non-opening windows. Every effort has been made to carefully check the property and its contents; however, our representative cannot move heavy contents, lift rugs or turn over mattresses.

14.3 Settling cracks to walls and ceilings are accepted and will not be mentioned unless necessary. All measurements are in centimetres/metres and are approximate unless stated otherwise. Properties with cluttered cupboards and large amounts of assorted crockery, cutlery, glasses etc. will not have items listed individually. We cannot stipulate shades of paint; base colours will only be noted.  Contents of garages, garden sheds. cellars and lofts will not be inspected, if the landlord wishes them to be included a list should be provided for inclusion on the Comments page. There will be an additional charge for these rooms.

14.4 Tenants\Landlords comments – Both parties have 7 days to make any comments following receipt of the inventory. Any comments will then be added on the e sign document that is sent from our system when the inventory has been uploaded. Comments will not be added on a room-by-room basis and we are unable to upload any photos onto our fixed template.

15. Check Out Report

15.1 The property will be inspected as thoroughly upon check out as it was upon check in.  Obvious or significant discrepancies will be reported to the Managing Agent/Landlord.  The report will record all damaged/soiled/missing items and whether in the opinion of the Clerk, the tenant is responsible and thus liable for charges.  However, the law allows for Fair Wear & Tear and this will be taken into consideration when the Check Out report is compiled.

15.2 If professionally cleaned at the commencement of the tenancy, the property must be professionally cleaned (or of a similar standard) for the check out. Particular areas of note are: Sanitary ware, carpets and kitchen appliances/white goods/cupboards and work surfaces.  Gardens must be left in accordance with the tenancy agreement otherwise charges may be added to the Check Out report. We will not test locks to garden gates, sheds, summerhouses or other outbuildings.

15.3 At the end of the tenancy all items should be ready and in the same location as listed in the Inventory.  Failure to do so will result in handling charges being passed on to the tenant.  Where items have not been returned to their original position and are not easily seen they made be noted as “Not Seen” on the Check Out and their replacement may be charged for. All beds should be left unmade with the linen folded.  Bedding and linen should be clean and ironed where relevant.  Beds (bases & mattresses) and pillows will be examined for staining and damage not previously noted on the inventory.  Charges will be made in the form of cleaning charges, compensation or a percentage of the replacement cost as appropriate.

15.4 Charges may be added to the Check Out Report if marking to walls and woodwork is found to be excessive and if crockery, china, glassware and utensils are found to be chipped cracked, burnt or soiled beyond what is considered Fair Wear & Tear. If the property is furnished all items will be checked for damage and charges may be incurred if damage is considered beyond Fair Wear & Tear. At the allotted time of Check Out all cleaning must be completed, personal items removed and keys handed over.  Failure to comply will result in the clerk aborting the call and further charges being added to the Check Out Report.

16. Disclaimer

16.1 Whilst all care and diligence has been taken to provide a fair and accurate report of the condition of the property and its contents at check out, Bluebird Inventory Ltd will not be held responsible for any items missed, damaged or not seen after 7 days of the date of this report. It is the duty and ultimate responsibility of the Landlord, Tenant and if applicable, Agent to agree between them the accuracy of any reports issued by Bluebird Inventory Ltd

16.2 Bluebird Inventory and its staff are not trained or qualified Property Surveyors. Under no circumstances should any report issued be used as a structural survey of a property. Further to this it should be noted that Bluebird Inventory Ltd  are not specifically trained or qualified asl experts on any type or kind of cloth, wood or other material, nor do we have any specific knowledge of antiques. Any reports issued should not be deemed to be a definitive statement of each and every item of equipment or furniture, nor indeed of the authenticity of the aforementioned items.

16.3 Any report issued by Bluebird Inventory Ltd does not provide the Landlord, Tenant or the Landlord’s/Tenant’s Agent with any kind of guarantee regarding the safety of any equipment, furniture or other contents relating to the property. Any description serves merely as a record in accordance with the purpose of any report issued. Items listed within any report issued are deemed to be in good condition without any apparent defect unless otherwise stated. In the case of a significant defect of an item(s) such as clear or obvious damage or soiling, then such item(s) will be described appropriately.

16.4 It should be noted that it may not be possible to move certain items of furniture to facilitate inspection behind or beneath such items. In addition, it is not usual practice to inspect and detail attics or cellars. Furthermore, Bluebird Inventory does not inspect rooms which are locked unless a key has been provided. No inspection is carried out on items that are packed for storage or in boxes. It should be noted that it is not the practice of Bluebird Inventory Ltd to individually list books, CDs, DVDs, cleaning items or other miscellaneous items such as the contents of garden sheds, greenhouses or garages.

16.5 Bluebird Inventory Ltd do not check gas or electrical appliances and give no guarantees with regard to the safety or reliability of such items. It should also be noted that, unless stated otherwise, Bluebird Inventory Ltd do not inspect or test smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms and that it is the responsibility of the Tenant to make sure that, where fitted, they are working correctly at all times.

16.6 The ultimate responsibility for the compliance with the Fire & Safety Regulations for Furnishings, Gas and Electrical services is that of the Instructing Principal. Any note within an Inventory & Check-In Report compiled by Bluebird Inventory stating ‘FFR label seen’ should not be interpreted to mean that the item complies with the ‘Furniture and Furnishings’ (Fire) (Safety) (Amendments) 1993. The reference ‘FFR label seen’ is merely a record that the item was seen to have a label attached, at the time that the Inventory Report was compiled, similar or the same as that described in the ‘Guide to the Furniture and Furnishings’ (Fire) (Safety) Regulations that was originally published by the Department of Trade & Industry in January 1997 (or subsequent editions). Under no circumstances should the note ‘FFR label seen’ be deemed as a specific statement of fact that the applicable item complies with the aforementioned Regulations.

16.7 Following receipt of the check-out report should either the landlord or tenant challenge the content within the 7-day period, we will undertake to investigate any issues raised and based on evidence received from either party and our professional opinion, reserve the right to change the report accordingly should we see fit.