Dilapidation Repair Costs versus Value Reduction

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Ray D
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Hi,
I have a question regarding dilapidation at the end of a tenancy. If, using a detailed Inventory at the start and end of a Tenancy there are shown to be dilapidations, when claiming from the Tenant do you have to show actual replacement costs or just a reduction in value or part cost replacement. An obvious one would be a burn to the carpet where you would probably just claim a contribution to replecement carpets at a later date (Although the damage may well reduce the rentable value!) What about a damage to a set of something where you cannot replace individual items can you just claim a proportion even though you are not (At this time anyway) replacing the item. We had one where the Tenant had lost the headrest cover for a seat that was purchased as part of a complete seat cover. We didnt repalce the whole cover but deducted a portion for the headrest - was this acceptable. Basically I ma asking if you must immediately incure the cost to claim dilapidations or just prove the reduction in value.

How would a deposit protection arbitration scheme or the courts view these matters.

22/07/2009 00:00

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