We have a blog clinic question today from Clara (not her real name) who made the mistake of letting to a friend of a friend …
Three years ago I rented out my house to a friend-of-a-friend as I couldn’t sell it due to the recession or afford to stay living there. Initially the arrangment was fairly casual & amicable and as such we didn’t do a check-in inventory.
Six months ago I had to do considerable work to remedy what I thought was damp in one of the bedrooms, however it turned out to be mould caused by condensation, and while in the house I saw they were drying vast amounts of washing inside. It cost me about £1000 to put right.
We discussed at the time that I wanted to take money from their deposit for this, which they disputed. I have since given them notice as they wouldn’t agree to any (very reasonable) rent increase. As their deposit is protected what do you think my chances are of getting anything towards the work?
There is no harm in giving it a go but my understanding is that if the case goes to adjudication you will have little chance of success without a detailed inventory. That is the perceived wisdom. If anyone reading has any ideas to help Clara, please leave a comment.