Hi, I am new here. Please would someone help me with this deposit issues?
I have moved out from previous rented house (4 bedrooms with a large garden) 6 weeks ago after living there for 9 months. I have paid £2400 for deposit. The rent was £1600 per month. During my staying I have always paid the rent on time. Keep the house as clean as possible.
I received a breakdown of charges from ex landlord of £590 after 30 days I moved out. I disputed some of the charges and agreed to pay £200 for cleaning and missing items. Then today I received a charge of £645 from him.
Please see the following charges made by him:
1. Professional cleaning £102
I have domestic cleaned the house by myself. Rented a carpet cleaner to clean the carpet myself. I left the house in a good and clean condition. On the inventory, it stated "the carpet to be cleaned", "curtain to be cleaned". They have never been cleaned by LL after I moved in.
2. Carpet cleaning - Back bedroom carpet and bathroom floors badly marked and unable to remove marks generally £175
The house is very old, solid wall and metal frame single glazing window throughout. The back bedroom carpet has grown some mould during the time I was stay in. I have noticed it when I moved the bed on the day I was moving. I tried to use the carpet cleaner to remove it but unsuccessful.
The vinyl in the family bathroom was marked by growing mould underneath it.
Should I pay for it? Should this be under wear and tear due to the age and type of the house?
3. Repair kitchen floor - inspected for leaks but none present. Plumber £30, broken wooden tiles in the kitchen floor £30.
I have reported the broken floor to LL 3 weeks before I moved out. In the email I sent to him stated “there might be a leak from somewhere, should you want to inspect it yourself, feel free to come in". However, he didn't come in to inspect it himself and called a plumber instead. The plumber did not find any leak, and now LL is charging me for the £30 plumber cost.
The broken floor was caused by the humidity accumulated in the house; there are some other floor tiles have become loose as well, spreading from the hall way to the downstairs cloakroom. On the latest email he sent to me said that I have poured some hot stuffed over it to cause the wooden floor to break. I didn't pour any hot stuff on the kitchen floor causing the damage, they became loose gradually and one day just broke into pieces. Should I pay for it?
4. Replace shrunk curtains £50
I have washed all the curtains by myself before move out as they are not expensive ones. All of the curtains shrunk a little bit by no more than 3cm. LL is charging me for one of the bedroom curtains for £50. I didn't damage it, still in working condition. Should I pay for it?
5. Gardening estimate £176
I have done my duty to cut the grass regularly and keep it as weed free as possible. Now LL is not happy with his garden and charges me for £176.
6. I am prepared to pay for the repainting and the missing items of £82.
Still there is total of £563 charges requested by LL. The deposit is protected under TDS. I would like some advice on whether the above charges are fair or not.
I am prepared to take him to the Small Claims Court. He is an accountant. Has anyone done it before and any suggestion?
Sorry about this long post.