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Hello

 

I moved into a property as a tenant in London in February 2015.

At the time another tenant was already at the property since 2013 but the overall tenancy has started in 2010. Several tenants had lived there before she moved in herself.

 

Before me moving in we both signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, agreeing to continue the tenancy for another year until March 2016.

 

At the time of signature we had heard of an inventory that had been made in 2010. It wasn't provided to us then and my housemate who had been there for two years had never seen it. With hindsight I should have asked to see it as it says - in the tenancy agreement we have signed - that we agreed to keep the interior and decoration of the premises including fixtures and fittings in the same condition throughout the tenancy as stated in the inventory. Although it adds that we are not responsible for fair wear and tear.

 

So on 1st March 2016 we both moved out and the landlord decided to end the tenancy there and then. We were both responsible to empty an entire house of stuff left over the years by all the tenants that have been in the house before us. We were provided with the 2010 inventory three weeks before we left because I asked for it, as we had no way to know what furniture belonged to the property.

 

The inventory showed that the place was already run down six years ago, with mentions of multiple marks on the carpet, the walls, 'off-white' sofas that was clearly white in the old days...

 

Anyway, we really wanted our deposit back so we did pay £230 for end of tenancy professional cleaning and left the receipt with them. It didn't include upholstery but then I never sat on the sofa without a throw on it as it was so run down when I moved in.

 

Now the landlord wants to deduct £510 for carpet and upholstery cleaning and said it was only an estimate so it could end up being more. She also said that we had two days to accept (over the weekend, sent last Friday) or she'd add £200 to fix other things including a rip under the fridge that was there before we moved in, etc.

 

We were asked to accept on Monday but we refused, saying that we had 10 more working days to reply as per contract.

 

Do you think we should pay anything extra? There are a couple of additional marks on the carpet that were there before we both moved in. Should we pay to fix that? Does that justify the £510?

 

Thanks for your help.

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