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We have just received a possession and money judgement against a tenant, with possession in 13 days (although the keys have now been handed in yesterday). The only thing is, having been into the property last evening and checked the condition, it's not terrible but needs a complete repaint (property only 2 years old) and a really good cleaning for all white goods, shower, wash basin etc.
How long is it before we have to return the deposit back to the tenant as no doubt he will drag his feet on paying us what he owes on rent?
The problem arises that if the cleaning bill is less than his deposit and we return that money, he can then pocket that and refuse to pay us the rent arrears in 13 days and we are forced to go back to court for the payment again.
Also, are we required to get multiple quotes for the cleaning/decorationg?

16/07/2019 12:33

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