Can L demand £100 cleaning fee as per clause in AST?

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    #46
    Surprisingly, that thought has crossed my mind. I was thinking of dropping something down the inch gap between the kitchen work surface and the wall (who allows that to happen when having a kitchen installed?).

    But yes, it has been a lesson learnt. I won't sign another contract before taking it home and diligently reading through it.

    Is there anything that can be done about a rogue landlord? Short of naming and shaming (which people have already done) and informing as many authorities as I can (the borough I live in seems to have useless provisions, there doesn't seem to be anything that can be done.

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      #47
      Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
      I cannot help feeling that a provision that a tenant must pay for cleaning and also carry out the cleaning must be unfair. If the payment were to be made if the tenant does not clean it would be different.
      I agree, but presumably this would have to be challenged in court?
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #48
        Originally posted by roryl View Post
        It seems to be a nice way for a LL to line their pockets without any effort; get the tenant to do the cleaning and demand a £100 'cleaning fee' that won't actually be used for cleaning.
        Not sure I agree with this one. You cannot be certain it will simply line the LL pockets as profit. My last experience made me realise that "clean" is an incredibly subjective word. And that "leave as you find it" is a phrase open to broad interpretation also, though it should not be!
        A previous tenant left and did spend a time cleaning on Friday before leaving. BUT it was nowhere near as it should be (or as we wanted it to be) and my wife and I spent Saturday (10am to 4pm) and Sunday (11am to 3pm) cleaning thoroughly to pristine levels. No money was deducted from their deposit either. We took it simply as a cost of business and it did enable us to 'get to know' the property again!
        Chas

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          #49
          Sorry, I didn't intend to generalise. I meant it in relation to my Landlord specifically, I understand most landlords are reputable.

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