Charging for your time - deposit deductions

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    Charging for your time - deposit deductions

    Hi All,

    I have a tenant moving out soon from a leasehold new build flat. He has caused some damage that I have managed to repair during the tenancy by calling in favours from the developer aftercare team. While I have not incurred any costs and so have no invoices i have spent considerable time in organising the works. Do you think i can reasonably charge for my time based on an hourly rate and deduct from deposit?

    Thanks
    D.

    #2
    No, sadly.

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      #3
      Does your tenancy agreement say that you will charge for your time, and specify what the hourly rate will be?

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        #4
        Thanks both. No there's no such thing in my agreement. Just seems unfair that in successfully saving the tenant money i have incurred my own time.

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          #5
          There's a lesson to be learnt in not doing so much yourself as unfortunately you cannot charge for your own time.

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            #6
            Indeed. I think i will put it to the tenant anyway.

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              #7
              You can claim for the damage caused.

              Whether you repair it, how you repair it or whether you repair it at all is up to you.

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                #8
                There's nothing to stop you charging for your own time.
                It would be income and taxable, and you can't use income from your own labour as an allowable cost against tax (which is, I suspect, why people think you can't charge for your own time).

                Unless the tenant has agreed otherwise, you aren't actually automatically entitled to charge for the cost of making good.
                You are entitled to compensation for any loss arising from the tenant's actions beyond fair wear and tear - which can be very different.
                From the sound of it, in this case, there isn't any loss, so there's nothing to claim.
                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).

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                  #9
                  jpkeates,

                  That's a very interesting take on things thank you.

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