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    Landlord Lying about inventory and cleaning

    Hi im new to the forum but hoping for some advice on how to proceed with my situation

    I have left a rented flat after 5 years. Landlord took 3 weeks to come back with a response. I have copied the emails for your review

    Cleaning: Tenant (Lee )Response:

    I have discussed this with the agents, but as the flat was not cleaned when I moved in I don't think its fair to pay for it to be professionally cleaned for the new tenants. Out of good will I had a domestic clean done to the flat which I feel is more than fair.- ( the move in inventory states the flat requires cleaning)

    Land lord response: the flat was cleaned before you moved in, it wasn't through D&G but was professionally cleaned. The inventory said some areas required cleaning, however the kitchen was absolutely grim when you moved out, the fridge, oven, microwave etc were VERY dirty and the kitchen cupboard was broken. It isn't reasonable to expect you to pay for the whole clean, your cleaner did do the bedrooms and bathroom (mainly) but the kitchen was not done and MUCH worse than when you moved in. Please see the photo of the kitchen when you moved in compared to when you moved out. You are contractually obliged to leave it in the same condition as when you started the tenancy, it wasn't.


    There are about 10 items that the inventory says 'where not seen', however i know they were left in the flat. The landlord claims she checked the flat and the items are not there. I took back an item and met the new tenants, who were very nice and let me in to take photos of all the items apparently not there. I time stamped the photos.

    so basically i want to know how to proceed. Should i take her to court and counter claim for fraud or just lay a claim with DPS?

    thanks in advance


    You check the ingoing inventory against the outgoing inventory and that is about it. The onus of proof is on the landlord, not the tenant. If the ingoing inventory is not thorough enough then the landlord usually finds that things go against him. Don't worry if it goes to adjudication.
    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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