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Tenancy deposit adjudications – a landlords story

Record keepingI want to just give you some feedback from Alan who is a landlord who  left these comments in the blog clinic about adjudications:

Your blog recently featured an article about some tenants who made a successful deposit scheme through the arbitration service.

I would like to give a landlord’s perspective. I have lost two arbitration cases where I felt retention of the deposit was just. On one occasion my tenants left a whole load of junk in the attic when they left but my inventory didn’t include the attic so I had to pay for it to be removed!

The other time the house was infested with fleas after the tenants vacated but I had no clause in the tenancy agreement to state they were responsible for fumigation if they kept pets, again I had to pay for this but also for new carpets as well!

My advice to landlords is to make sure you have everything recorded, and I mean EVERYTHING. Contemplate every possible outcome, however unlikely it may seem.

I now keep a photographic record of all my properties and make sure all correspondence with tenants and agents is done by email wherever possible. Since I have done this, I have ‘won’ two cases and had a ‘majority’ verdict on another. I have not lost a case.

Also, make sure you carry out routine visits at least every three months.

I think this is excellent advice which should be followed by all landlords.  Thank you Alan for your feedback.

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Tessa Shepperson

Tessa is a lawyer and specialises in creating products and services which help landlords and letting agents learn and understand landlord & tenant law. For example, she runs the Landlord Law website (now in its 14th year) and is a director of Easy Law Training Ltd and Your Law Store. Tessa also sits on the Property Redress Scheme Council. When not working she enjoys reading, cooking and messing around on the computer. You can also find her on Google

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