End of Tenancy tips to beat your landlord
So your facing the end of your tenancy and you want to get your deposit back. Unless you are in a very cheap area, this will likely be at least £1000. Everyone has had or heard horror stories, where for whatever reason the tenant believes their landlord has turned them over. So before you reach this point in time, there are some simple tips to consider.
Inventory – photo evidence
First of all, did the Estate agent or Landlord provide you with a tenancy? If they didn’t, they will struggle to prove the condition of the property at the start of the rental period. Did you sign and retain a copy? If you did not sign anything, you have not legally agreed to the information taken, it would also lack substance in court as they would find it hard to prove when the original document was produced.
Paint touch ups
The first thing anyone will review is the condition of the paintwork, for the sake of a couple hours work and the cost of a paintbrush kit and some paint, it’s worth going through each room touching up any minor marks or knocks. If you don’t do this, they will likely instruct a tradesman to do it, at a cost of at least £50/hour plus materials, this cost will come out of your tenancy deposit – so don’t be lazy – do the work yourself!
One of the biggest tell-tell signs of wear in a property is the condition of the carpet. This is especially relevant for high traffic areas such as doorways, staircases and dining areas. If you are looking for carpet cleaning in Cambridge, you should be able to get a number of quotes within a few days. Most providers will charge per room with a small call out charge. Make sure whoever you use has Steam Cleaning facilities as these provide the best results. Machines that you can hire from supermarkets and hardware stores for example can just flood your carpet. From personal experience, this can result in needing a professional to come out anyway to remove the excess water these machines leave behind – so make sure you instruct a professional rather than trying to do it yourself.
Fair wear and tear for length of tenancy?
If you have been in the property for over 12 months, it’s fair to say that some dilapidation of the property is fair. Any property, regardless of how well it’s cleaned will gradually become older and more used. This is even more apparent in the carpets, kitchen fittings, and condition of paintwork. To protect the tenant, fair wear and tear is always something that has to be considered.
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly, or that you should have received more or all of your deposit back, you can get legal advice. The first thing you should consider is getting help from CAB (Citizen’s Advice Bureau) they will have experience in these areas and will be able to give you some good free advice.