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I recently rented a flat on a assured shorthand tenancy in

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hi
i recently rented a flat on a assured shorthand tenancy
in the tenancy i was no support to have pets but i had a cat and my cat got fleas on it and brought them into the flat.
i hat to leave the flat as the fleas were so bad
now the land lord has sent me a bill for the time it took for the fleas to be removed and to redecorate the flat
can he charge me for the time no-one els could live in the flat due to my cat causing the flea infestation ?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 8 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Just to be clear, he is also charging you for the vacant period?
Did he tell you in advance he would do this?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He told the management firm and they told me 28 day cycle to remove the fleas infestation and the landlord was looking to charge me for this time as no one could do work in the flat he is also trying to charge me for the cost of the flea treatment too
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 8 months ago.

I agree you need to pay for the cost of flea treatment. Had you not had your cat then there would not have been fleas.

But 28 days is long enough to get rid of them - all you need is spray several times a week for a few weeks. I know, I have cats.

So unless he told you there would be a charge for lost rent then he can NOT charge for that.

But he can charge for the flea treatment.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
what about the flea treatment to the other flats next door as my cat had caused the fleas to go to the other flats
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 8 months ago.

Only if you caused that directly. The Landlord would need to show they were fleas off your cat. Rather than fleas off any other cat.

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
how can he prove they came from my cat
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 8 months ago.

Exactly, that is the point

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
but i know they must have come off my cat as no one els has any pets
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 8 months ago.

If that is the case then you would be liable.

But the Landlord would need to show they come from your cat.

Does that clarify?

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