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Hi

 

i'm looking for some advice here i was renting a managed propery through a letting agent.

 

at the end of the tennancy the letting agent claimed a large proportion of the (rather large) deposit for repairs to the property. The property was then re-let with a different letting agent. While the property was open for viewings with the other letting agent i viewed the property only to find out that none of the repairs to the property had been carried out. At this point i beleive i should consult with a solicitor, however my finances are somewhat limited.

 

I beleive this is a clear case of fraud. Is there any reason i should think otherwise?

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Its the annual rip off students season for getting their deposits back.

 

Where are you in the UK?

 

Was your deposit part of a protected deposit scheme?

 

Its worth adding that the LL does not need to make good any repairs that have been paid from deposits, as effectively you are compensating him for the loss in value through non wear and tear. Effectively this means the flat is less desirable and would command lower rent (although a cynic might say its just waiting for the same claims on deposits the following year).

 

Also, did you think the deductions from the deposit were fair until you saw the work had not been done?

 

Lastly, LLs get a tax relief of 10% of the gross rent to cover wear and tear. If you added this sum and the amount withheld on the deposit, do you think that is how much less the contents were worth?

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"Lastly, LLs get a tax relief of 10% of the gross rent to cover wear and tear."

Only for furnished accom and if LL had opted for annual depreciation allowance rather than repair cost write off.

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