Dear Abe,

I just read in your leaflet about accommodation, that I should have taken photos of my room before I moved in. Is there anything I can do about that now?

Already Moved

Dear Already Moved,

Ideally you would take photos of anything in your home that is broken, damaged, or dirty, when you moved in, to show what it was like at the time that you moved it. You would then email it to the landlord or yourself, so that when it is time for you to move out, you are not charged with the cost of repairing something that you didn’t break. If you did not do this when you moved in, it is still worth doing now. Take the photos and send them to yourself and the landlord and explain that you only just noticed the damage. Remember to have your conversations with your landlord in writing, so that you can prove what was said.