Cleaning costs 'the main reason' for withholding deposits
17th Aug 2011
The main reason why the country's landlords withhold deposits from outgoing tenants is cleaning costs associated with sprucing up the accommodation, a new report has revealed.
Research carried out by mydeposits shows that cleaning costs, followed by unpaid rent, are the major reasons why deposit money is not given back.
In a poll of landlords who kept hold of a deposit, 78 per cent said the most common reason was to pay for cleaning after the tenant had left – something that can be avoided, according to Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association.
He noted that the easiest way to avoid disputes over deposits is for the tenant to look after the property.
The expert explained that there is a "very strong argument" for improving tenants' knowledge about the processes of renting, and claimed the majority of tenants are likely to take more time buying a car than deciding on a rental property.
"They are blithe about it - the whole process. When they go to the landlord, they don't ask the previous tenants how they've been treated and they don't ask the landlord if they are accredited," Mr Ward explained.
Showing this kind of foresight is likely to significantly reduce the number of disputes occurring, he added.
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