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    Am I Entitled To Invoices/Receipts For Work I’ve Reimbursed Tenant For

    My current tenants arranged for a professional clean without seeking prior agreement from the Letting Agency I use. When the current tenants requested reimbursement I initially objected because it had not been previously approved, and also at the time I was seeking clarification from the Letting Agency why the previous tenant hadn’t left the property in the cleaned state it should have been.

    I subsequently recovered monies from the previous tenant and hence was comfortable to reimburse the current tenant for the professional clean they had arranged. However, I requested that the Letting Agency provide me a copy of the invoice/receipt for those works. The Letting Agency has said it is comfortable that the tenants did arrange the cleaning works via a professional cleaner but have failed to provide me the invoice/receipt despite asking for it twice (they ignore my email requests for this).

    Having reimbursed the current tenant (via the Letting Agency) for the professional cleaning, am I entitled to have a copy of the invoice/receipt for those works, or is the Letting Agency entitled not to provide that to me?

    P.S. The property is rented under a standard Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.

    #2
    Either the LA should forward the receipt onto you, or they should create an invoice for your records, you will need it to reduce your tax liabilities as an expense of running your business. In future depending on the arrangement you have with both your T and LA, then just bear in mind if the LA gets a contractor in to carry out some works on your property, they will be adding their commission onto the invoice of the contractor. So may be worth getting your own contractor to carry out the works, and if you pay the T for anything then deal directly with the T and get the invoice off them.

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      #3
      Thanks for the prompt response. That makes sense and gives me the assurance that I am within my rights to request the invoice/receipt from the LA.
      I am an overseas landlord (of one UK property) and it is not so easy for me to oversee things directly, so rely on the LA for more than I would do if I still lived in UK.
      Thanks again for your response.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ash72 View Post
        just bear in mind if the LA gets a contractor in to carry out some works on your property, they will be adding their commission onto the invoice of the contractor.
        Unless the LL is informed of such an arrangement it would surely be illegal.
        There is a fine line between irony and stupidity. If I say something absurd please assume that I am being facetious.

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