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I moved out of a property a few weeks ago after a mutual agreement with landlady.

 

There was some issues she was not happy with

a carpet for 1 which I ve agreed to have replaced

but she wants me to pay just over £700 pound for .

 

There are some stains on the hall carpet and landing carpet

 

I ve paid to have them cleaned

 

she still not happy and trying to tell me I owe her £3000 .

 

My deposit of £1000 obvisiously has not been paid back and she did nt put it into a protection scheme like she said she did.

 

Or if she did I ve no information on it .

 

I was in the property 18 months with 4 children and 3 dogs which she agreed to me having.

 

She has constantly texted asking me about the carpets and what im going to do about it etc ,

the house was left in a good ,

clean condition but she said I ve wrecked it

 

I have pictures and videos on how I left the property

 

she s hired cleaners to go in and sending me the bill

 

.. she is driving me crazy I have an ill mother who im currently caring for and a disabled son

 

I just need to know what to say to her can she really charge me all these costs?

 

thanks any advice much appreciated and needed

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Firstly she should have put the deposit into the protection scheme.

 

I think that you need to write her a letter. Ask her to confirm that she did in fact put your deposit into the scheme as promised and ask for reference number and official confirmation that this was done.

Secondly, supply her with the photos and videos of the property and ask her to specify exactly what it is she takes issue with. Of course, I suppose that although you have evidence of the exit condition of the property, you have not collected any evidence of the condition at the beginning of the tenancy. If that is correct that you had better do that next time because otherwise the exit evidence is almost useless because on its own it can't show the level of deterioration of the property.

 

Some landlords expect to receive their properties back in the same condition as they were when they let them out. They are wrong. The have to allow for reasonable wear and tear.

If she let a property to you with 4 children and 3 dogs then she has to expect that the property will have received some punishment - and to a great extent, this would be reasonable wear and tear.

 

Tell her that before you consider any bill for cleaning, you want a list of problems and two quotes for solving them.

If she refuses then I would sue her for the return of the deposit.

If she agrees, then I owuld examine the list and make reasonable judgments as to what is wear and tear and what might be beyond that. Be prepared to pay for anything which is beyond W&T and stick your heels in on the rest.

 

Communicate with her at all times - very fully and openly. Respond quickly so that you can show that you have been cooperative and that you have made all the running.

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On ending the tenacy she gave me a list of things she wanted me to correct , cleaning of carpets I have done this she hired the company I just paid the bill , replacement of carpet is to be taken from deposit , had drain unblocked I did nt even know was blocked , there was no cleaning issues on the exit list

 

Thank you for your help

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