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    One of my tenants moved out leaving the place in a right mess. I took photographs (with a newspaper).
    The lease also says that they must, before getting the deposit back, send me receipts for outstanding utility bills. They have not done this.
    The tenant asked the DPS for their deposit back. I replied no for the reasons above. I did not agree to use the DPS adjudication system as I have had a poor experience in the past with them and have also heard other landlords similar stories of being pro tenant.
    I was about to issue a claim in the court to get some of the deposit back but he then issued proceedings against me.
    After the notification papers I issued a defence.
    I have now recieved a letter saying "Notice that a defence has been filed" and an allocation questionaire.
    As I know that a defence has been filed because I filed it I am wondering if this notice should have been sent to the tenant (ie the claimant) rather than me.
    The allocation questionaire asks "would you like to use the free small claims mediation service provided by HM Courts service to help you settle the claim"
    If the notice is actually for me, rather than him, I was wondering what the best way to ask for the court to deal with it is.
    Looking for some advice.

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