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    Deposit Deductions

    Our landlord wants to deduct 250 from a 1250 deposit he wants to deduct 130 for an "Exit fee" and 150 for cleaning costs. Me and my partner cleaned the place from top to bottom and it's in better condition then it was when we moved in the landlord didn't do an inventory. Are these charges fair & what is an exit fee?

    #2
    An exit fee is meaningless, and the £150 cleaning costs can be disputed with whoever holds the deposit
    through their adjudication service at no cost to you.

    As there is no inventory there is nothing much to substantiate your landlord retaining any of your deposit, the adjudicator should ensure your deposit is returned in full.
    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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      #3
      I agree with Paul - except if the tenancy agreement states the 'exit fee' is payable then you are on less secure ground with that.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
        if the tenancy agreement states the 'exit fee' is payable then you are on less secure ground with that.
        Aaaah, could this be a good way to guarantee cleaning costs are covered at the end of the tenancy. i.e. write an "exit fee" into the contract?

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          #5
          Wouldn't such fee likely be considered a penalty?

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            #6
            My partner has just informed me that the Landlord was originally demanding £550 but reduced it to £250 when he complained. We still think this is excessive I have checked the tenancy agreement and it mentions nothing about an "Exit Fee" the landlord has tried arguing that it will cost us more if we fight this as the lettings agent will have to hire an "Independent assessor" to decide who should get the money. An inventory was never made nor signed by us.

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              #7
              He's trying it on.

              Ask for the deposit back in full now. You should contact the deposit scheme to get the ball rolling.
              If deposit is not protected, send a letter before action demanding refund within 7 days and reminds him that he has no defence against a claim for non-compliance (up to 3x deposit penalty).

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                #8
                Hi there,

                I agree with @jjlandlord he is trying his luck. You can also check for starters if the money is protected under DPS online itself which should give you a idea of if your deposit is protected or not.

                Thomas George - Cardiff

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