Dispute with ex-tenant
On inspecting the property there were dirty matresses on the floor, the carpets were sodden and had to be replaced, despite the tenancy agreement stating 'no smoking' the house smelt of smoke and in general the house had been poorly maintained. It cost me £350 to have the property cleared of the furniturs/rubbish as well as in excess of £1000 for new carpets and the need to redecorate.
I held the deposit in a seperate bank account as I had always done prior to this tenancy but had not realised at this time the TDS requirements so have to admit I did not secure this deposit under the scheme.
The ex-tenant has just contacted me regarding the deposit. I have never before had any difficulty with tenants or felt the need to withhold a deposit but given the circumstances I feel I am within my rights to retain the money. Obviously moral rights and legal rights are not the same and I am unclear where I stand with this now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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