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Is the fee of £1,460 a charge for doing the reference or a figure that they are claiming is due to your previous landlord for damages caused to the property that you lived in before?
If you have evidence they have already been paid you should get these from the services providers and give them. They cant expect you to pay for something that you have already paid for and the contracts are personal to you.
Unfortunately landlords/agents are not obliged by law to give references. There is really nothing you can do to force them, however you could just explain to the new landlord that unfortunately the previous landlord will not give a reference and are requesting a payment to do that when you cleared all your bills before vacating. You could go as far as showing them copies of your bank statements if your rent was paid by direct debit or standing order or if your bills were paid that way too so they see for themselves that the previous landlord/agent is being unreasonable.
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