Inventory - Cleaning and deposit return

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    Originally posted by Goss View Post
    If it needs cleaning to bring it back to its original condition then you are within your rights to clean the property and bill/deduct the costs as long as they are reasonable.
    But your own time is not a cost, and cannot be recovered from the tenant.


      This thread is Scottish but one deposit scheme seems there to take a sensible viewpoint:

      Maybe check with the relevant scheme for this problem & see what they say??
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


        Originally posted by Goss View Post
        The Tenant has to leave the property in a similar condition to moving in/ check in inventory less normal wear and tear. If it needs cleaning to bring it back to its original condition then you are within your rights to clean the property and bill/deduct the costs as long as they are reasonable.
        I think that you are actually claiming damages from the tenant for their failure to return the property in the same state of repair as they received it, less fair wear and tear.

        It is unlikely that 100% of the cleaning cost can be allocated to the tenant because (unless the tenancy was very short) there's bound to have been some wear and tear.
        So you can't expect to receive the property back as it was, or charge to make it so.

        If the tenancy agreement says something different, that would probably prevail, if a reasonable (and fair) term.

        You can charge your own time (but it's income with no corresponding cost for tax purposes), but you can expect adjudication queries about hourly rate and time actually spent,
        which would not arise from a "professional" company.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


          Sorry if this has all got out of hand and thanks for all the information.

          I definitely don't expect to claim for travel costs, living very close anyway. If I can't claim for my own labour cost and giving up half a day to clean then there's probably nothing I can do. It was a 12-month tenancy.

          I don't consider limescale build-up and mould, sludge/hair in the shower to be reasonable wear and tear and limescale removal is part of general cleaning if living in a very hard water area. The tenant doesn't agree with me or the inventory so I'll have to put it down to experience that I should go in immediately and not wait until the weekend to inspect.


            You have the move in/out inpection reports, just provide reasonable estimate for clean at local prof rate. If T does not agree, put that amount of deposit in dispute and apply for free DPS ADR. Adj may reduce your estimate by x% to allow for fair wear & tear, prob less if T has made no obvious attempt to clean.
            What you will prob be awarded may pay for your actual time and materials expended in cleaning the property. No guarantees.


              Originally posted by mariner View Post
              ...just provide reasonable estimate for clean at local prof rate.
              The OP cannot do that as the property has been cleaned.


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