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    My tenants of 1 year are moving out on Saturday having decided not to renew their tenancy.

    I have basically inspected the property last week, and found a couple of items to be missing, of which I have advised the tenants to replace.

    Also, the walls are very dirty to the extent that really I need to repaint again before I can do viewings.. But I will see if I can wash the walls down, I dont know..(the property was decorated before they moved in. I understand that wear & tear is inevitable.

    The property will need a good clean up too.

    One of the bedrooms will have to be damp proofed & wallpapered also as they never opened any of the windows until around 2 months ago, I also know that they have hung their wet washing in the property, which I think has half caused this problem.

    The windows have never been washed in the last year and I have requested that they be cleaned.

    The garden is not in the same state that it was when they moved in either.

    Am I within rights to get in a cleaning & gardening company & deduct from deposit ?

    I have advised the tenants to let me know when they have fully moved out so that I can inspect the property fully, when it is empty, and that I will give them the deposit back after this has been done, depending on everything being ok... Is there a certain period of time before I give them deposit back ?

    This is only my 2nd tenancy, the last one that moved out was absolutely fine & I knew there wouldnt be any problems. These tenants, I dont trust them whatsoever !

    Info appreciated, thanks..

  • #2
    It may help to tell the tenants before move out date what you think needs addressing - this way they have a chance to rectify things before exit. If they don't then can you can get cleaners and gardener in as you describe. Deposit is usually refunded in 14 days but what does your AST say on this matter?



    Freedom at the point of zero............

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    • #3
      Is the deposit in an approved deposit scheme?

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      • #4
        Do you have an ingoing inventory describing the property and contents ? signed by T ?
        I'm a good tenant with great landlords
        I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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        • #5
          Dirt on walls is not 'fair wear and tear'. Dirt is dirt and can be cleaned off. If the T doesn't clean the walls prior to vacating,take photos of the walls, then pay a cleaner and claim the cost from his deposit.

          'Fair wear and tear' is expected deterioration under normal usage given the length of the tenancy and number of occupants.
          '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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          • #6
            Posters post a question and then disappear when advice has been given or more information requested and everyone is
            left in limbo! Why?
            The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
              Posters post a question and then disappear when advice has been given or more information requested and everyone is left in limbo! Why?
              I sometimes wonder if they are trolls, and weren't expecting to have to give specific answers to questions. Or they just don't like the answers they are given.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
                Posters post a question and then disappear when advice has been given or more information requested and everyone is
                left in limbo! Why?
                Perhaps they saw your avatar and were worried about being approached for a couple of quid!
                '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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