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Getting Deposit back from Landlord

susie123 Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Im having a few problems with my now ex landlord. Main issue is trying to receive if not all then most of my deposit paid to my ex landlord. We have had our differences for some time that has ended up Ive moved out and now found a much better place if even for a little more extra in rent.

I am now at the point of after waiting just over a week since the end of my last tenancy to receive ONLY HALF of my deposit back. Landlord states quite a few faults in which the condition the house was left after i moved out. We did do a final inspection together and he seemed more than happy with the condition of the house but said it would be a few days before i will have my deposit back. I have now received a cheque for half the deposit.

I have contacted a solicitor to find out how i go about getting the rest back as i feel i left the house in a better condition than when i moved in. I just want to know if anyone else has been through the same and what was the outcome???

Though any advice will be much appreciated
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
you should usually request a sign off sheet from the landlord stating that all is in place otherwise they can retract.....your words against theirs unfortunately
#2
I would go to the Citizens Advice Bureau if I were you, but you should have got him to sign something on the spot when you did the inspection together and take the deposit in exchange for the door keys.

The landlord has to allow for general wear and tear so cannot hold onto any of your deposit unless it's for something significant.

Fight it to the end! :viking:
#3
Mrs.Z
I would go to the Citizens Advice Bureau if I were you, but you should have got him to sign something on the spot when you did the inspection together and take the deposit in exchange for the door keys.

The landlord has to allow for general wear and tear so cannot hold onto any of your deposit unless it's for something significant.

Fight it to the end! :viking:


Was thinking about holding onto the keys in return for deposit but thought i may have faced continued charges in rent until the return of the keys. I would have therefore paying rent on two houses which i couldnt afford to do.

I think it will end up in a court battle tho as it is his word against mine unfortunately
#4
my sis in law moved just last month after the landlord said he had to evict so he could live there and the CAB warned her that he would be likely to try and withhold part of her deposit for fixings, cleaning bill, etc so give them a go! They are free as well so they would be my first port of call
#5
hi were you a member of the new deposit scheme where the landlord by law has to place your deposit in a safety deposit scheme
#6
Mrs.Z
my sis in law moved just last month after the landlord said he had to evict so he could live there and the CAB warned her that he would be likely to try and withhold part of her deposit for fixings, cleaning bill, etc so give them a go! They are free as well so they would be my first port of call


Great didnt realise they were free...will give them a bell tomorrow...im actually on their website now looking for their number and found loads of helpful information there. Many thanks.
#7
tess34
hi were you a member of the new deposit scheme where the landlord by law has to place your deposit in a safety deposit scheme


No unfortunately this came into affect a year after i moved in. So im not covered by that scheme.
#8
We had similar with our ex landlord, we found a little "knowledge" goes a long way:thumbsup: trouble was he left himself open in several ways such as employing tenants he knew was on benefits, taking "favours" in lieu of rent from a tenant, we was warned we may face trouble getting the bond back so I made sure i'd got photo's in advance (sadly only people working for him not the "favours")

After mucking us around it cost him big in financial terms much more than the £300 he owed us as he got done for claiming council tax benefit in names of tenants who had left while houses where being refurbished and for knowingly employing people who where claiming benefits (he could hardly deny he knew when he was receiving housing benefit for their rents). Not sure how much he had to repay but at least 4 of his houses came up for auction shortly afterwards:-D.

Been easier for him to just pay us our money as he had no reason not too after all we left the house better than when we moved in as it had all bare plaster walls. We did get our money in the end though:whistling:
banned#9
It would seem your best option would be the small claims court. If as you have said, he declared when you both inspected everything was fine and the full money would be returned, that is what should have happened. It would be for him to explain to the court why he has done so and its not a case of him just wanted to keep money he isn't entitled.

How much is involved? What is it he is claiming is damaged?
#10
even so he has to have a valid reason for withholding your deposit but this can include if he has had to remove any of your property or unpaid rent and unreasonable cleaning anything else he cant withhold if you tell him you will be seeking legal advise this should scare monger him into coughing up
#11
guv
It would seem your best option would be the small claims court. If as you have said, he declared when you both inspected everything was fine and the full money would be returned, that is what should have happened. It would be for him to explain to the court why he has done so and its not a case of him just wanted to keep money he isn't entitled.

How much is involved? What is it he is claiming is damaged?


The deposit was a months rent so i have managed to get half of this back. Damage he is claiming is mostly down to usual wear and tear but what he and i call wear and tear are two different things it would seem. IE mainly redecoration, so there shouldnt be a problem in having the full deposit returned its just the lenghtly process in which to go about it.
banned#12
Thinking about it, I had the reverse situation to this. I rented my house out through a letting agency. They vetted the tenants and did all the inventories etc.

When I decided I was going to sell, I got the estate agent to go round and value. They alerted me to the poor condition it was now in (having seen it in mint condition 2 years earlier.)

The agents had given them their full deposit back. 3 year old carpet throughout the house was ruined. The kitchen was an absolute disgrace. Trays from the oven were found in the garage with mould growing on them. The good cutlery and plates etc were all missing.

It turns out the agents knew these people.

I eventually got a few things cleaned up and replaced with really cheap and nasty replacements. (Note for fully furnished renters - make sure your itemised contents is fully detailed)

I never got anything back apart from this and to be honest, I'd never use a letting agency again either.

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