Moved out but keys returned late-LL trying to charge days with keys as extra rent

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    Moved out but keys returned late-LL trying to charge days with keys as extra rent

    I moved out of an HMO tenancy at the end of April. LL was negligent to say the least: maintenance v poor, communication sporadic, No HMO licence and deposit protected very late (after LL lied about having protected it). I won't dwell on the other issues and how I intend to pursue them legally. My main issue is that despite moving out on the mutually agreed date I kept the keys as my LL lives far away and didn't give any instructions on where to send or leave them.
    1.There are 4 other tenants in the house and my room was left unlocked.
    2. The LL said they would perform a post-tenancy inspection but, as expected, just got the other tenants to photograph my room a week or so after I left.
    3. LL had my room inspected, 'cleaned' and the (terrible and cheap) bed removed 13 days after I left. Despite asking many times, she didn't let me know of her intended deductions until 16 days after I left.
    4. She explicitly asked me to leave keys in kitchen 11 days after I moved out (no mention of them prior to this). I immediately went back and did so and photographed it.

    She is saying my deposit will be charged a further 11 days rent for the time I had the keys, actually saying this is something the deposit protection scheme have advised. Since I had actually moved out and she has no loss from this (she clearly didn't intend to clean, inspect or re-let the room during this period) is this actually correct? I intend to dispute all of her proposed deductions.

    She has tried to make other outrageous deductions and I've informed her I will be sending a n208 for compensation for lack of deposit protection-a slam dunk. I also told her I will consider any settlement she offers. I'm aware I can also apply for a RRO and am considering this (I gathered a lot of evidence).

    #2
    No it doesn’t sound correct.
    Keys aren’t some kind of magic thing.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      If you are disputing it, or pursuing the case through the courts, then you will get the judgement from both organisations.

      If keys weren't handed back, then I would have claimed the cost of the changing the locks etc.

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        #4
        ash72,

        As I said in my post, the keys were returned. Just after I actually removed all my things and moved out (I appreciate some may claim I haven't "moved out" if I have the keys). LL suffered no loss as she didn't need new keys or locks and there was no delay in entering, inspecting or re-letting the room.

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          #5
          Just dispute it and ask for the deposit scheme to adjudicate.

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            #6
            Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
            Just dispute it and ask for the deposit scheme to adjudicate.
            She gave back money equivalent to 90% of the deposit via bank transfer today. Bizarre. I asked her if this was meant to be the deposit being returned or a settlement/compensation for the issues. No response. I'll still challenge via the scheme and send off the N208 form.

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              #7
              The landlord is usually advised by the deposit scheme to refund any undisputed deposit amount to the tenant, so I assume ghe 10% is the claimed amount. If youre disputing it then the scheme will decide.

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