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    Where do I stand?

    Hello, we moved into a privately rented three bedroom house two years ago. The property was a bit grubby as the landlady was moving that day and we understood and accepted this. We were not asked to sign an inventory at all and paid our deposit into her back along with the first months rent. The landlord informed us that she is selling the property and we have had to move out and will give us notice once she has sold the property. We decided to be proactive and give notice as soon as we found a new place. The landlord said that as it was a week into the month we would have to a give months notice on the anniversary day (3rd) of July. We said we could not afford to pay another months rent on top of the cost of having to move so she agreed to keep our deposit as payment for the rent. We cleaned the property and returned everything back to better than its original state and now she is claiming that the house needs a deep clean and will invoice us £200 to do so. We have also established that our deposit was not put into the protection scheme. What can we do? There is no way the house needs a £200 deep clean. How do we prove what the house was like when we moved in? We have email correspondence of our communications with her regarding moving out and taking deposit as last months rent. Where do we stand on this? Really can't afford to pay £200 for cleaning we already did on top of having to pay out for moving. Help?

    #2
    Ignore the Landlord. If you wanted to push back, then you could, but ignoring this ludicrous demand is probably your best bet if you need nothing from the Landlord. You appear satisfied with the Landlord retaining the deposit... you could not be satisfied.

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      #3
      Where do I stand legally though? Can she take me to court? I hate renting!

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        #4
        I expect anyone can take anyone to Court. If you are put under this threat, just mention "deposit protection" and watch the threat evaporate.

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          #5
          If I was a bad tenant I would totally understand it just seems like the landlord is being difficult as we chose to move out before she had sold the place. What's the deal with the deposit scheme?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Supertay83 View Post
            What's the deal with the deposit scheme?
            The law stipulates that a deposit must be put into a scheme and details of that scheme be provided to the depositee within 30 days. Failure to do so enables the T to take the LL to court where they will be awarded between 1-3X the deposit amount for not complying with the law.

            You could write a letter back, claiming 1x the deposit, minus £200 if you are feeling generous and see how you get on.
            "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

            What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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              #7
              How much was your deposit?

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                #8
                One months rent.

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                  #9
                  Yes. In £s?

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                    #10
                    It was £845 does that matter?

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                      #11
                      No, not at all. I was just being nosey. I like to know how much rent complete strangers pay for properties I've never seen, or will see. Good luck with your dilemma.

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                        #12
                        Well thanks for the help anyway.

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                          #13
                          I feel I helped as equally if not more than hippo and didn't get a mention.
                          "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

                          What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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                            #14
                            Thank you equally, you have both been fantastic in clarifying this for me. I will pass your regards to my ex landlord

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Wannadonnadoodah View Post
                              I feel I helped as equally if not more than hippo and didn't get a mention.
                              I thought more too. Good that you have been recognised... now.

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