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I am the ex-husband of the tenant. My ex-wife and children have moved and she has come to me for help.
No. She thinks the charge is unfair for full decoration, new carpets etc. The property had fair wear and tear in the 5 years but the addition of the double glazing did not help. There was no mention of a problem on the previous inspection either.
All of the items the landlord are claiming for (window handles excepted) are wear and tear or age in our view. The quality of the window handles must be pretty poor too as they've only been there a short time - maybe a design fault?
We think a fair payment maybe the £150 for sundries but redecorating, a new carpet and most definitely 'lost rent' when passing to a family member is excessive. There's not even a mention of replacing floorboards if there really was a damp carpet.
We'll give it a go. Thanks for your help.