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Fair or Enforceable under the current legislation?

Just got my property back from the first two years of letting and face an estimated £10k worth of repairs to bring the place to an presentable level. Property was extensively renovated immediately prior to letting out so was in excellent condition. My estate agent tells me I should accept a 25% per annum write down of any renovations done. Damages include Laura Ashley wallpaper ripped - I am told I should accept cutting out of a square around the rip and pasting matching paper in that square. Newly laid imported oak floors deeply gouged in places and scratched to varying levels elsewhere - I am told that replacement of the gouged flooring constitutes betterment and is therefore not allowed. Walls in various parts of the house have scuff marks (FW&T) children's writing and some pretty bad cracks caused by a heavy objects hitting them. Am only allowed to claim for repainting the areas affected i.e patch painting leaving the house looking very poor. Am I being lied to or is this the law?

Asked on Sep 21 2015, Renting in West Wickham | Report content

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  • Hi! it seems as if your agent is being rather biased to the tenant. This is quite common. The Deposit registration service will arbitrate if you cannot resolve things. Good luck! Jonathan :-)

    Answered on Sep 21 2015, Report content

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