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    inventory advice needed please

    landlord did not give me an inventory at the beginning of my rental of his flat.
    He is now claiming for minor damages to the flat now that i am moving out -he says he will take it out of the deposit. I did not cause all of these damages.
    who's responsibilty is it to give, or get, an inventory at the beginning of a rental agreement (short term agreement)
    any advice wil be much appreciated.

    #2
    Originally posted by roker View Post
    landlord did not give me an inventory at the beginning of my rental of his flat.
    He is now claiming for minor damages to the flat now that i am moving out -he says he will take it out of the deposit. I did not cause all of these damages.
    who's responsibilty is it to give, or get, an inventory at the beginning of a rental agreement (short term agreement)
    any advice wil be much appreciated.

    It would be the landlords responsibility to ensure that an inventory check is completed upon the start of the tenancy.
    The costs are usually split between the landlord and the tenant.
    It is the document that provides proof of the condition of the property and it's furnishings.
    It would appear if no inventory check was completed that the landlord would not be able to proove the damage.

    On saying that, you infer that you did not cause all of the damages, inferring you agree to some of them.

    From a moral stance, would you consider entering a negotiation with the LL on what you believe you caused and a reasonable expense to rectify the damage?

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      #3
      Originally posted by roker View Post
      landlord did not give me an inventory at the beginning of my rental of his flat.
      He is now claiming for minor damages to the flat now that i am moving out -he says he will take it out of the deposit. I did not cause all of these damages.
      who's responsibilty is it to give, or get, an inventory at the beginning of a rental agreement (short term agreement)
      any advice wil be much appreciated.
      Has your deposit been protected in a scheme by your LL?
      '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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        #4
        thanks for the advice.
        to be honest i dont know if the deposit is protected in a scheme. I think it is but not sure.
        The 'damages' i am responsible for are very minor and I am prepared to negotiate a small amount from the deposit. however,the landlord seems to have the attitude of taking as much of the deposit as he can.
        When i moved in -3 years ago - he said he would get an inventory sorted but it has never appeared.I am used to being fair about such things, but if the LL is asking too much (in my opinion) I want to know where I stand.
        I am wondering if I should consider court action if he claims too much and refuses to return the deposit.
        any advice will be much appreciated!

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          #5
          First, ring around the 3 deposit protection services and find out which one has your deposit (if any). If it is protected, then go to their arbitration service who will probably rule in your favour as there is no inventory, and after 3 years, most things (apart from cleaning or major damage) are considered to be wear and tear. If it isn't protected, then you can go to the small claims court to get your deposit returned, or you could claim 3x deposit, but this is trickier and other members will be better placed to explain it than me. Good luck!

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