Has the tenant a case?

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A colleague has a problem with his landlord and asked me for advice. He has made the following small claim;

"I rented a property on a 12 months Shorthold
Tenancy Agreement for the period 22/06/2015
to 21/06/2016. The rent was paid monthly on
the 22nd of the month. The landlord agreed to
end the tenancy on the 30/09/2015 but
insisted that I paid rent from 01/10/2015 to
22/10/2015. I was told this would be refunded
after I moved out. Despite, frequent requests
the overpaid rent has not been refunded.
I understand the property was relet two days
later on 02/10/2015.
Therefore for the period 02/10/2015 to
21/10/2015 I have paid rent for a property
that was rented to a new tenant who was also
paying rent. The landlord has received rent
twice for this period.
I am claiming the refund of the rent from
02/10/2015 to 21/10/2015 a sum of 476.60.
This is not a claim concerning a tenancy
deposit The landlord is witholding my deposit
this is being dealt with separately by the
deposit scheme.
I am only claiming for over paid rent"

The landlord is keeping the overpaid rent to pay for various spurious items. 35 to replace a lightbulb, admin fees etc. and a new one to me 75 to check for bed bugs.
So my colleague wants to know will he win?
What do I tell him?
26/11/2015 18:01

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