The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has promoted Danny Zane from joint chair to chair.
He will continue to be responsible for increasing membership, training courses, media presence and capacity for lobbying.
Zane is managing director of My Property Inventories which operates across London and the surrounding areas. He has had a long association with the AIIC, serving first as a council member and complaints officer before taking up the role as joint chair last year.
The other former Joint Chair, Emma Glencross – who runs North London independent inventory firm Professional Residential – will now take up a role on the AIIC’s growing board.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as the AIIC’s sole Chair. The organisation continues to grow and we’re dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of independent inventory reporting in all private rental properties.”
“With more people renting than ever before and average security deposits at an all-time high, it’s in the interests of landlords, letting agents and tenants that an independent inventory is compiled at the start of a tenancy.
“It provides landlords and agents with peace of mind and protects tenants from unreasonable deductions at the end of a tenancy.”
Over the last year, the AIIC has been running a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of independent inventory reporting.
This included a petition lobbying for compulsory independent inventory reporting in privately rented properties which amassed over 1,000 signatures.
The organisation has also carried out educational talks in Tower Hamlets and has held a series of meetings with deposit protection scheme ‘my deposits’ and a property redress scheme.
Zane added: “We’ll continue to promote the benefits of independent inventories for all involved in the rental sector.
“It’s clear the government is increasingly keen to professionalise all aspects of the letting process and we remain convinced that inventory reporting can become a part of this movement.”