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Deposits and Damages

From: Ken Fearon
Date: 05 Dec 2002
Time: 10:18:40
Remote Name: 195.92.67.71

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Hi My tenant under an Agreed Shorthold Tenancy Agreement has recently vacated following my 2 months notice. He was in place for 12 months.

On the day he vacated he demanded that I repay him his full deposit without deductions. My response was that I required time to take a considered view of the property for various reasons e.g. he has entered the sealed loft space, an area which was not part of the Agreement.

There are damages, unauthorised alterations and clearance work to carry out i.e the property is not in the condition in which he found it. Also redecoration is required in areas where he has stuck decorative murals on walls. He has also changed the colour scheme following my verbal permission; on the agreed understanding that he change the colours back prior to the original. He failed to do so.

Question: If I carry out the remedial work myself am I able to make a reasonable charge for my time and if so what is a reasonable charge?

Question: The property has oil CH. I advised him via his Termination Notice to leave the minimum amount of oil possible in the tank. He has now approached a solicitor asking for both his deposit and apayment for the remaining oil. Was the 2 months notice ref@ oil resasonable?

Thanks in advance for any assistance. Regards Ken


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