Compensation for landlords possessions at property

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    Compensation for landlords possessions at property

    Hello,

    I've just finished a 7 month tenancy and have received the check out report from my agents. The landlord has been very difficult throughout the tenancy and I feel is being unreasonable in the claims of the deposit. The agents were satisfied with the condition of the house and asked the landlord if he iis happy to return 100% deposit however he is raising several points that I feel unjustified. Whilst I will argue these, there is something else I'd like to investigate:

    Upon moving in we found a utility space filled with the landlord's old possessions including a fridge, scuba gear, clothes horses - probably enough to fill an average toilet room. At the time we advised the agents who asked the landlord to collect the possessions, and asked up to wrap them and leave them in the garden outside. Despite being asked by the agents several times throughout the tenancy, the landlord failed to collect the items so they have remained in the garden, often they would blow over and around in strong winds.

    My question here is do I have a leg to stand on if I put forward a claim of compensation for the hassle of moving the landlords' possessions around, wrapping them and the inconvenience of them being on the property? In my eyes, I have paid the full rent and therefore should have full use of the house and garden area. The possessions used up some of that garden area. If we agreed to return the full deposit and has been reasonable I wouldn't be bothering with this, however as I've mentioned he has made life as difficult as possible for myself and my house-mate thus far.

    Thank you in advance for any advice.

    #2
    You can only be compensated for a loss, and I don't see much of a loss.
    There is an inconvenience, but it's hard to give that a value.

    You were probably within your rights to throw the items away once they hadn't been collected.

    That doesn't mean you shouldn't make a claim, just that you're unlikely to win one.
    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 landlord/agent won't agree to sensible settlement then start dispute with deposit scheme
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        Surely you can ask for your time at the litigant in person rate of £19 an hour in the small claims court.

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