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    Hi there,

    After a tenant has moved out of a property, if there is damage that the Landlord wishes to repair himself, what hourly rate can he legal charge the tenant for this? What would be accepted by a Small Claims court?

    Thanks,

    Knoxvillain

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    Repairs

    If you want to stand a good chance of recovery in court it's always best to get the job done professionally. You should also get at least 2 estimates so you can show that you are not in league with the tradesman. It's very difficult to prove what was reasonable otherwise.
    See also this post:
    http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ead.php?t=4504
    Just as Revenue & Customs will not allow your own time to be considered for tax reliefs, it's unlikely a court would.
    Also, it's no use going for damages for work not yet carried out - you must do the work and have all estimates/receipts BEFORE you claim.

    This LandlordZONE® FORUM answer is just ONE OPINION based on personal experience. Before taking action or not always seek professional advice with the full facts of the case and all documents to hand. Read the Forum "Terms and Conditions".

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      #3
      hi there,
      Thanks for the prompt response. The reason I ask is that my ex-landlord is trying to charge me £20 an hour for "general cleaning" and "painting/repairs" and while I do not really dispute that such work needs carried out, I feel £20 an hour for him to do the work himself is excessive. Someone else I spoke to said a court would only allow for £7.50 an hour but I have yet to find anything to back that figure up with.

      Any ideas?

      knoxvillain

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        #4
        About a year ago(?) somebody quoted an hourly rate here which has apparently been approved or sanctioned by the Revenue and/or courts for this purpose. Can't recall the amount, or any more details, and I'm afraid I can't persuade the site's rather limited search tools to spit it out (I've tried previously!)

        Maybe someone else knows, or remembers, or can find it?!

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          #5
          Before you answer this question you should be asking another first.

          Was the deposit held as "stakeholder" or as "landlord's agent"? If the former then tenant and landlord must agree dilapidations first before any money is spent by the landlord, otherwise he will be acting beyond his mandate. Only in the latter case would the landlord have more jurisdiction.
          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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            #6
            thanks for the replies, I'm not really sure. All I know is that the Landlord himself holds the deposit.

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              #7
              I think somebody like ericthelobster or justaboutsame mentioned £9.20 or £9.25 being approved by a court. Apologies to those 2 if my memory is faulty.

              The problem I've just had is that a tenant had left a filthy oven and carpets - but getting cleaners in, in a small town, 3 weeks before Christmas, has proved impossible. So I've had the option of waiting for cleaners in Jan, before I re-let (and losing rental income), or doing the work myself in my own time.

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                #8
                It was Mr Shed, but I think in a subsequent query he wasn't sure where this figure came from. If you search forums for £9.25 it should come up.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by catcuddler View Post
                  It was Mr Shed, but I think in a subsequent query he wasn't sure where this figure came from. If you search forums for £9.25 it should come up.
                  Wasn't him originally though - he only repeated the figure having seen it earlier somewhere on this forum, and even then he was only guessing at the amount. I do remember the original posting, but not the details or who posted it, and all efforts to search for it have drawn a blank :-(

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                    #10
                    It's mentioned here (post #8) as being the County Courts Act rate for people putting in paper work rather than paying a solicitor.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by knoxvillain View Post
                      It's mentioned here (post #8) as being the County Courts Act rate for people putting in paper work rather than paying a solicitor.
                      That's the one! well done!

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                        #12
                        All I got to do now is find the section of the Act it is mentioned in so I can quote it chapter and verse

                        Thanks all for your help so far by the way

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