Damaged Items and Deposits – My tenant has badly scratched a stainless steel hob although it is still in working order – how much deposit can I retain?
Preumably your deposit is with one of the schemes – so you will need to make a good case for a claim
It will help if you have a good inventory and additional signed photographs will be even better.
If the scratches are detrimental to the general condition of the rest of the accommodation and are the result of careless use as opposed to normal use and general wear and tear, you are entitled to claim.
You need to get a cost for the part to be replaced from the manufacturer, plus fitting costs.
You then need to apportion for age and contribution.
For example, if we say a reasonable working life of the hob would 10 years, perhaps a little more, then you would apportion contribution by its age.
If it is 5 years old, for example, on that basis you would expect to contribute 50% each – landlord and tenant.
You will need to get the job done and then submit your invoices along with your claim.
If you make a good case the adjudicator hopefully will rule in your favour on this.
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