Landlord-tenant first uncoupling

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    Landlord-tenant first uncoupling

    Hi guys

    A tenant of mine is moving out this weekend. Basically he's trying to get out of tarting up the house to how it was when he let it. He's clearly not wanting to take up the badly laid patio he put down-without permission, and the garden sounds like an old 1970's football pitch. He wants to walk without doing very much at all....

    He said if I dispute the state of the house when it comes to return of deposit he will put in a long list of complaints about me.

    Any advice on a successful uncoupling?


    Assuming you have good move in inventory & photos signed by tenant attempt to agree deduction then raise dispute.

    Complaints about what?
    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...


      Oh yes it was done properly by a letting agent so there is full inventory. He can't argue with that.

      He's saying the doors on the garage didn't work properly. Bank door on the garage is rotten. Something about the keys to the house not working. Clearly they do. Says the garden is wear and tear. He went without a boiler for a while. Takes time to find a fitter! I took heaters around and he used the immersion for hot water.

      He's saying the mold in the bathroom.....but that's not my fault. Needs to open the windows to sort that out....


        He sounds delightful. Ignore his threats and proceed with deposit dispute if he rejects your proposed deductions.

        Claiming disrepair is usually a tactic used to stall a section 8 eviction - how have you served notice? (Section 21, or what?)
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


          .....he's actually changing direction now and saying he's just going to walk away and I can have all the deposit. I received a text saying so last night anyway. Initially saying when he gets it back-the deposit- he'll give it to me!! Lol then said if there's a way it can be paid direct to me, he's ok with that too. He just doesn't want the hassle of doing the work. Does anyone know if there's a way of me getting his deposit, undisputed?

          He's not being evicted. He's moving on to a bigger property.



            How the deposit is returned is handled by the company who protect it.

            Don't forget that any compensation for damage etc isn't limited to the deposit, if he owes more than the deposit value, you can ask / claim / sue for it.
            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).


              He's saying today that he's happy to inform my letting agent that I can receive all of the deposit and get the work done in the garden with the deposit money. Time will tell on that one tho! Lol


                You should get reasonable prof estimates for 'repair' of T damage, less an allowance for FW&T and put that amount of deposit 'in dispute' with DPS scheme and use ADR. If it exceeds deposit paid, sue via SCC. Both paths use similar determinations. Sounds like T knows deposit won't cover it.



                  Oh no, deposit should cover things from what I can make out. I'm just bothered about the garden really.

                  What's FW&T? ADR?


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