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    I've posted on here before in my capacity as a reluctant ex-landlord, but would appreciate some advice regarding some issues I've encountered as an (even more reluctant) ex-tenant.

    We've just moved out of a property. We left it immaculate but unfortunately managed to get an iron-burn on one of the carpets. Can anyone tell me about how much I can expect to be deducted from the deposit? When I was a landlord, I was told we could only expect a percentage of the cost of replacement. The LA have scared me a bit by talking about getting quotes for a replacement and suggested we use our insurance rather than the deposit (based on my understanding of these things the excess would probably exceed the landlord's entitlement).

    If we are only liable for part of the cost:-

    1. How do we get the landlord to prove the original age and cost of the carpet?
    2. Do we have to meet the cost of fitting?
    3. All the carpets downstairs are the same-would we be liable for all/part of the cost of replacing it all.

    Deposit was protected and we've admitted responsibility.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.


      Originally posted by jeffparker View Post
      Any advice greatly appreciated.
      What was the condition of the carpet when you took the property and as stated on the inventory?


        This might give some background...
        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...


          Originally posted by Springfields View Post
          What was the condition of the carpet when you took the property and as stated on the inventory?
          in fairness, the carpet was in pretty good condition-I can't be sure of the age. The inventory has been mislaid in the move-I'm sure it'll turn up-, from memory, the condition of the carpet wasn't mentioned but we have accepted responsibility.


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