Tenant in property 11 years and 6 months - fair wear and tear and damages

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  • Welshie
    Originally posted by JoeFL View Post
    Advice welcome
    Originally posted by JoeFL View Post
    I'm going to go after them.
    So you weren't really after advice, just wanted someone to agree that going after your tenants deposit was ok. You've stated that most is due to age (you have given the age of the items), so what makes you think the life expectancy of the items hasn't diminished to zero?

    How much of your tenants deposit are you expecting to withhold and what are you apportioning to what and why?

    Were you expecting the carpet to be in tip top shape after 15 years? Were you hoping that after a 11 and a half year tenancy that you could use them for another 15 years?

    11 and a half years worth of rent and it appears you haven't really spent anything on maintenance and you want your tenants deposit too?

    Originally posted by JoeFL View Post
    Nothing malicious
    Originally posted by JoeFL View Post
    Otherwise they have professionally cleaned.
    Originally posted by JoeFL View Post
    Advice welcome
    Mine would be, give them back their deposit. Also, I'd say they wasted their money having the place professionally cleaned, as you would need to replace the carpets, etc due to age anyway.

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  • JoeFL
    I'm going to go after them. That they've been living in the property for nearly 12 years doesn't matter. I've found they put up a coat hook on a door, didn't ask me for permission. Also they replaced the letterbox and there is a stain on the carpet by he back door.

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  • MdeB
    I would have expected to address all of those long ago.

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  • DPT57
    No point even contemplating any deductions as no deposit scheme would entertain it. Sounds like you've neglected the property too. Rotting window frames and a cracked shower housing are definitely landlord responsibilities anyway unless deliberately damaged by tenants and the problems should have been picked up during routine inspections.

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  • SE_Renter
    completely agree. You've been incredibly fortunate that the departing tenants haven't requested these issues to have been resolved during their tenancy.

    Suggest you return the deposit in full and start carrying out the maintenance that you've been neglecting for years.

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  • Macromia
    So, you haven't replaced any of these items, or redecorated, for at least 13 years?

    I would say that the reasonable deduction, taking into account fair wear and tear, comes to a total of absolutely nothing.

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