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Hi everyone,

 

a friend of mines former landlord is seeking to keep their deposit to pay for new replacement items for alleged damages. I've seen that he is not allowed to do this as it would be classed as betterment but I can't find the law that says this - does anyone what/where it is?

 

Also he is seeking to claim £1,500-£3,000 to cover his lost rent whilst the flat is being redecorated as he says he cannot let it until it's repaired (the flat is definitely habitable but he wants it up to standard before renting it). Is he allowed to do this?

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Alliance & Leicester MBNA Credit Card

Data Protection Act letter sent 3 July 2006.

Incomplete list of charges received 12 August 2006

Requested repayment of charges 10 November 2006

LBA sent 24 November 2006

Estimated £4650 in fines and interest.

Barclaycard

Data Protection Act letter sent 3 July 2006.

Incomplete statements sent 9 July 2006

Requested repayment of charges 14 August 2006

LBA sent 30 August 2006

Estimated £468 in fines and interest.

Initiated claim at MCOL 20 September 2006

Claiming £615.47 including fines & interest, s69 interest and costs

Claim acknowledged 10 October 2006

Defence filed 20 October 2006

Settled in full £640 total. 14 December 2006

Vodafone

Requested Default Notice removed 10 July 2006

Received letter agreeing to request 10 August 2006

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I believe this would be covered by common law, not statute law. Was there a full inventory signed upon moving in? Are there any disputes with the individual items?

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There was a partial inventory. The landlord has provided a breakdown with costings for individual items e.g. "mark on dishwasher door - cannot be repaired - cost of new door £250."

_________________________________________

Alliance & Leicester MBNA Credit Card

Data Protection Act letter sent 3 July 2006.

Incomplete list of charges received 12 August 2006

Requested repayment of charges 10 November 2006

LBA sent 24 November 2006

Estimated £4650 in fines and interest.

Barclaycard

Data Protection Act letter sent 3 July 2006.

Incomplete statements sent 9 July 2006

Requested repayment of charges 14 August 2006

LBA sent 30 August 2006

Estimated £468 in fines and interest.

Initiated claim at MCOL 20 September 2006

Claiming £615.47 including fines & interest, s69 interest and costs

Claim acknowledged 10 October 2006

Defence filed 20 October 2006

Settled in full £640 total. 14 December 2006

Vodafone

Requested Default Notice removed 10 July 2006

Received letter agreeing to request 10 August 2006

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