Join the Residential Landlords Association

Member Forums - Report Post

If you wish for the RLA to contact you regarding this report please remember to provide contact details.

Please Note: - This facility is for reporting of abuse or other breaches of the forum rules. Please do not use this facility to reply to the post as your response will not appear here - to reply please use the quote option.
  1. Please do not post RLA enquiries in these forums. Any enquiries should be sent to
  2. Please note that the initial message in any forum conversation on this website is viewable by the public.
  3. For security reasons, please do not include your membership number within the title or body of your forum post.
  4. You must not include any personal details relating to your tenants, such as their names and addresses, in your postings.
  5. You must not use the forums to advertise your service or business. Please use the RLA's suppliers guide for all advertising purposes.
  6. Any content deemed as advertising, inappropriate or does not meet the RLA's code of conduct will be removed from the forums.
  7. The RLA cannot be held responsible for any posts made in these forums by non-RLA staff
Report a post:
peuta said: Posted on: 28/09/2015 20:35

Had to carry out an eviction of the lodger in daughters house - they still need parents sometime - first ever eviction.

All outside door locks had to be changed for security (3 doors) and new keys cut so everyone had keys. - 272 for locks as needed locksmith - extra keys cut were at 3 per key - plus time to obtain.

2 days days work lost

Plus time and distance to travel to carry out eviction - 208 miles round trip.

cleaning of bedroom and intense clean of bathroom - took 2 hours to get that back to acceptable.

A deposit of 180 was taken and monthly rent - there was one week left of months rent.

He did not remove his things from the kitchen nor did he take all his belongings from his bedroom.

Police told us we could throw away his belongings at anytime , if he did not collect.

We kept/stored belongings for 6 weeks after he left and have just disposed of them.

He has now come asking for his deposit and the remaining weeks rent back.

Has not given forwarding address despite being requested for it -

What can be deducted from deposit/remaining rent for costs involved that would not have been incurred if it was not necessary to evict.

We assume the cost of the lock change, keys cut for the other lodger, cleaning costs, fuel costs, costs for carrying out the eviction, cost of storing/ removing his remaining belongings that were not removed/collected (trip to garbage location as could not go in bins)

Just to have locksmith in cost more than the deposit and remaining week together - so seriously out of pocket

Any advice gratefully appreciated.

Landlord & Investment Show London Olympia 2019
Ideal Flatmate
99 Homes
John Pye Auctions