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About DarthWabbitt

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  1. Hi all and thanks for your replies. I appreciate it. I take the point about the amount of rent paid being is irrelevant - on reflection I raised it for two reasons. Firstly a matter of proportionality and secondly because of the tax allowances that could be claimed for wear and tear. I have decided to omit both points from a negotiation perspective! I agree that the landlord is not being unreasonable, I just think he is not being pragmatic or realistic. My brother has just had tenants leave a property and he thinks that the landlord is t'ing the p. Two letting agents and an inventory
  2. Perhaps losing was the wrong word to use! You have stated that you will not pay the last month's rent so that you can recover your deposit. The landlord then has the right to deduct rent arrears from the deposit. Rent and deposit are not the same. To me you are losing your deposit (but benefitting by not paying the rent) - a technicality perhaps. I do not think that UK landlords try to steal the deposit. Though I do think that a number of them regard the deposit as fair game for recovering damages. They seem to think that if something is damaged they are within their rights to recover tha
  3. From what I have read on these forums, no your deposit should not be protected now. Refer to the sticky on the TDS. As regards repairs, refer to the sticky on Disrepairs in privately rented accommodation. The landlord has an obligation to carry out repairs. Get the tiles dealt with immediately as they are a danger. However, you seem to want the landlord to carry out the repairs because he has done very little during your occupation of the property and as a means of protecting your deposit. Presumably to re-let it he would have to carry out a fair amount of work, after all you have been in
  4. Hi Refer to the sticky entitled Unfair deposit deductions. No inventory at the beginning means that he has got nothing to refer to for the checkout. I have been told by both a lettings agent and an inventory clerk that if the LL prepares their own inventory, as opposed to having it done professionally, they are in an extremely weak position and usually fail in their endeavours for any claims. You told him about the issue with the floor and he has failed to address it. Cheers
  5. Hi Steve. From reading other posts, it is not ok to withold rent, however, costs incurred in carrying out repairs may possibly be deducted but advice shoudl be sought before adopting this course of action. Refer to the thread "Can I withold rent". Peter
  6. Hi Steve. I am no expert by any means! My partner has just left a house (she had two cats) and the landlord wanted the place "deep-cleaned". If the property had not been professionally cleaned when the let commenced then from what I can work out there is no requirement to have the property professionally cleaned on departure. If they have permitted pets in the hosue then I would imagine there would be something in the tenancy agreement to deal with the cleaning, if not tough for the landlord. A professional clean was carried out on our departure and cost £85 and seems to have been quite a
  7. Hi all, apologies for any errors as this is my first post! In fact I may have posted this twice!! Some details: My partner rented a three bedroom property in the London burbs. The tenancy agreement for 12 months less one day was in writing, inventory was performed by the landlord and commenced in January 2008. Break point after six months, rent of £1325 pcm in advance, 6 weeks rent as deposit held by third party. The tenancy was renewed on the next two anniversaries, rent being increased to £1350 and the £1400. She gave two month's notice to terminate the agreement with the final d
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