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Has the landlord provided a breakdown of this cost at all?
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Many thanks for your patience. The position with the bank statements will very much depend on how they ended up in his possession. Looking at what has happened it will probably be difficult to establish exactly what happen d and how he came to have them, plus you will unlikely be able to obtain proof to show that. If he had deliberately gone into your uncle's possessions to find these and take them, you are looking at potential theft, but only if he had intended to permanently keep them. Also it will not really become a serious matter until he had used them for an unlawful purpose, such as for example trying to obtain money from his accounts by deception. So in all honesty, there is relatively little that can be done to challenge him over the fact he has these statements in his possession, especially as you do not know how they ended up there.
In relation to the costs for clearing, there is nothing stopping him from making a claim to pursue you for these but he will have to prove his case, specifically that he was required to clear up the flat as claimed. If you have photos proving that this would have been unnecessary that can certainly be used as a defence if needed. Do not be bullied into paying him and in some circumstances it may be better to even let him go to court, because even if you lost you would not be responsible for his legal fees as each side pays their own. There is then also a chance that he may not be successful anyway or that what he wins is less than what he had originally claimed.
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