Am new to the forum but pretty sure there wont have been a case identical to this one so far.
Starting at the beginning, my friend and her ex partner took at a one year lease on a basement flat and handed over a £595 deposit. They didn’t sign a full inventory but did sign a single sheet which stated:
“Condition of the property:
The flat has been newly decorated and a brand new carpet laid in the bedroom. The property has been professionally cleaned.
It is agreed by both parties that the flat will come back in similar condition at the end of the term. “