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Last year i began a job managing a public house ltd

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Hi, last year i began a job managing a public house for a ltd company, as part of the job i was required to "live in" i took residence in the flat above the pub.
after moving in the business owners decided to take a deposit of £500 from my pay, i am now having difficulties getting this deposit returned.
as there was no rent being paid and no offical tenancy agrement what should i do ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Was there anything in your contract of employment about this deposit? How long did you work for the employer for?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hello, no nothing in any contract about a deposit, i had been previously employed by the company in both full time and part time capacity for 5years +
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
have you now left the employment completely?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes completely
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
Did they tell you that this was a refundable damage deposit when they took it and have you asked for the money back? When did your employment end?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my employment ended in september last year, the deposit was considered against the overall condition of the flat but no specifications were made, yes ive asked for the money back but been told there were issues so not being repayed
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
Ok have they specified the issues and the cost they have attributed? Were you required to sign an inventory when you started living in the accommodation?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes they say there were pest issues and decoration costs, no inventory was involved
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
Do you agree that there were issues?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there may have been pest issues but they havent provided any proof, however i do not agree with the others as upon our own costs we brought the standard of decoration above how it was when we moved in, their main decoration issues is that we took down some blinds with their consent and they claim they had to pay to have them put back up.
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
Hello this is a breach of contract issue, if there was no written details of the circumstances in which the damage deposit could be withheld and they have no proof of expenses then you can claim the money back. You should send a letter before action in which you should ask for a refund or proof of expenditure within 7 days or you will raise a claim. You can then raise a claim at www.moneyclaim.gov.uk. They are probably hoping you will drop this! Is there anything further you would like to know?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thats briliant thank you xxxx
Expert:  Jenny replied 1 year ago.
No problem, please remember to rate my answer before leaving the site as I am not otherwise credited for the time i have spent on your question. Thank you and all the best