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    Landlord Damage Payment Request

    Hi All,

    My partner moved out of her house last Friday and unfortunately due to damage to the property did not get her deposit back and also had to pay her landlord an extra £500 for the damages.
    a document was signed when the keys were handed back to confirm the money paid and the jobs it was for.

    Today she received a text asking for an extra £500. The reasoning was the same as what was originally ‘paid’ for and mentioned on the document so I don’t think she should pay him anymore. A message was also received when the original £500 was paid saying he did not want to end on bad terms and so would pay any extra himself.
    What sort of cover, if any, do we have to go back to him with?
    Thanks

    #2
    If you don't think it's justified, don't pay the extra money being asked for.
    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
      (Unless she needs anything from him e.g. reference...) I'd simply not reply.

      You've the agreement he'd pay any extra himself: If any further steps from him politely send that message (in his words) back, with date &time he sent it
      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
        What were the damages?

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          #5
          What on earth did she do? I’m assuming a deposit of at least £500 so that is £1000 paid and another £500 requested. Either she has been a dreadfully careless tenant or the costs are unreasonable.

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            #6
            Thanks all for your replies.
            The jobs were things around carpets & blinds needing replacing (kids spilling a lot…)

            The jobs are fair but the jobs not mentioned on original list were ‘fridge needs cleaning’ & ‘window in the front room does not open’
            neither of these were flagged the week before we moved out and he came to do an inspection of the property.

            it is also worth mentioning that there is severe mould and damp issue in the main bedroom which he was told about on several occasions and did not do anything about it.

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              #7
              Originally posted by EAB1990 View Post
              Thanks all for your replies.
              The jobs were things around carpets & blinds needing replacing (kids spilling a lot…)
              If these need replacing the LL has to adjust the value for the life that has been lost, not the full amount. So if carpets (usual life span 10 years) are now 5 yrs old he can only charge half the cost.

              The jobs are fair but the jobs not mentioned on original list were ‘fridge needs cleaning’ & ‘window in the front room does not open’
              neither of these were flagged the week before we moved out and he came to do an inspection of the property.
              Not all faults are obvious before a tenant leaves. He may have thought she would clean the fridge before she left and window not opening should've been reported as a fault while she was still renting then it becomes maintenance not damage.

              it is also worth mentioning that there is severe mould and damp issue in the main bedroom which he was told about on several occasions and did not do anything about it.
              Not relevant.

              It does seem to me that perhaps she should've taken better care of the LL's property - perhaps treating it as if it were her own.
              Maybe the charges are high, but from your description it sounds like she didn't look after the place well so perhaps they are completely justified. Leaving a dirty fridge for someone else to clean!

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