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    Repairs carried out by landlord

    Hi,
    Landlord with a few questions,
    Have read some previous threads and just need clarification on a point. How much can I charge per hour if I were to carry out any work myself in terms of repairs (no part P or Corgi stuff) that go beyond wear and tear caused by the ex-tenant. Am I right in thinking it is £9.25 per hour?
    Can this hourly charge count if I carry out the cleaning and rubbish removal etc as well
    I also read something about 40p per mile for travelling costs, would this include non local travel in connection with any time spent sourcing repair materials such as new locks etc.
    Basically, deductions to the tenants deposit need to be made but I want to be on the right side of the law should it all go to court.

    #2
    I am fairly sure that you are right on all counts....but await confirmation from someone else first!
    Any posts by myself are my opinion ONLY. They should never be taken as correct or factual without confirmation from a legal professional. All information is given without prejudice or liability.

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      #3
      You can charge for actual expenditure that you have receipts for. 40p per mile for petrol is laid down in HMRC legislation. If you bought cleaning products you should have receipts for that. If you bought paint or wallpaper you should have receipts for that.

      I am aware that people talk about charging themselves out at £9.25 per hour. I think there is no law on this and it is subjective.

      It is probably better to hire a professional cleaner and reclaim the cost of that physical invoice.

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        #4
        Thanks for the info. Basically my ex-tenants have done silly things like breaking and removing an integral bathroom lock that requires the whole handle now to be replaced and not cleaning the house and various other things beyond wear and tear. I want to do most of the stuff myself as the costs to rectify all of the issues using electricians, cleaners, carpenters etc will suck almost all of their deposit up, when the items can be repaired/replaced by me at a much lower cost hence the £9.25 per hour question.
        The long and the short of it is I want to be fair to myself in being able to charge for my time but I want to be able to give them back as much of their deposit as possible.
        Once again thanks, also would welcome anyone else's view on this matter.

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          #5
          Why not discuss it with your tenants? If they agree to your doing repairs at an agreed rate simply get that in writing from them.
          Disclaimer: What I say is either right or wrong. It may be advisable to check what I say with a solicitor. If he says I am right then I am right, unless he is wrong in which case I am wrong; but if he says I am wrong then I am wrong, unless he is wrong in which case I am right

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