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I assume there is a clause in the lease saying about what state it should be left in?
1. is an estimate sufficient grounds to defend the action (subject to relevant damage/ repairs);
Yes. They have breached the lease and as such, you can claim for those sums of repair back
2. can the tenant issue a claim for the deposit from a different entity to that which was named on the licence (lease) agreement (they have used an entity which we had no dealings with)?
No. It has to be from the person/entity which paid the deposit.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today, please?
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Yes, you can deny on the basis you do not have a contractual relationship with that person.
You can also counterclaim at that point too. So defend and counterclaim.
Does that assist?
You can only counter claim the person claiming from you.
So if there is a contractual relationship you can claim against them
Yes. I would say deny (as you have) and put to proof.
Denial and put to proof.
Does that clarify?