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Can I deduct the cost of having locks changed from a deposit

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Can I deduct the cost of having locks changed from a deposit given to me (a tenant) by a flat mate who has left early (though rent paid) and taken the keys. I have requested the keys and been told they will be returned by post on receipt of the whole deposit paid into an account (details of account have been provided). The deposit is not in the deposit scheme and as a tenant I apparently would not be able to use this scheme.
They moved out without notice on Saturday so I am wondering how much time I have to get info on this before they may start some kind of proceedings assuming they are able to do that. We had an agreement I downloaded from the internet and though not signed I do have an email agreeing to the terms of the document. It's a fairly loose agreement but does include the following - For the purpose of this clause, the Landlord may charge the Tenant for professional cleaning and repairs if the Tenant has not made alternate arrangements with the Landlord'.
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Colette
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 11 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help You.

Does the agreement allow you to levy a charge for this?

Alex

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
hi
there is no specific clause - the only thing close is what I included in the last message i.e. if repairs or cleaning is needed
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
hi are you still there?
Expert:  Ash replied 11 months ago.

Then sadly no you can not charge.

Your right to charge comes from the terms of the agreement and if the agreement does not allow you to charge for this then you can not.

You have no power under the contract to charge for it.

I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Alex

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thanks in that case what would be best practice therefore to get my keys back sending in the post is unsafe and I am not guaranteed I will get them once I have transferred the money
Expert:  Ash replied 11 months ago.

You ask for confirmation in writing that tenant has left and can then change the locks. But you can't charge for that.

I am sorry. Alex

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