can landlord deduct unpaid utility bills from deposit when tenant leaves ?

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The tenant is leaving the property shortly but has a large electricity bill unpaid that the landlord is aware of. The problem is that if the electricity bill is not paid the electricity company may penalise the landlord by insisting that a meterd electric be installed which makes the letting less attractive.
The AST does say that the tenant has the responsibility to pay the untility bills in full. If the tenant refuses to settle the bills before leaving can the landlord deduct it from the deposit. If the landlord is not allowed to deduct from the deposit what options are available to him to get the tenant to settle bills?
31/05/2011 00:00

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