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I received a summons to repay an £800 bond to a tenant. He

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I received a summons to repay an £800 bond to a tenant. He paid this bond to Seel & Co. - letting agents. Before entering my flat, Seels had their maintenance team, Linden & Co. re-decorate throughout and clean the carpets. It looked like a new flat. After six months occupancy it was a disgrace and Seels sent Linden &Co back to re-decorate again at a cost of £450. There was also damage to a kitchen work top which will cost £75 to put right and, the tenant went over his month and told the agent to deduct £200 from the bond to cover this. The agents then returned the bond to me in full, knowing that I would have to pay Linden Maintenance again. The tenant said it was no more than wear & tare and sued me for £800 - the return of his bond, I sent the court letters from Seels, Linden maintenance, and from a local estate agent stating that he could not put the flat on the market in the condition it was in. Despite all this, the court has found in the tenant's favour, has not responded to my two letters and supporting evidence described above and, has now demanded £980 by Wednesday or they will send in the bailiffs. How can ths possibly be right ? Why should a good landlord have to pay for a tenant 's misuse of the flat and lose £200 in rent, and what is the bond for if not to effect repair work caused by the tenant. The bond was paid to the agent who only released it to me when they had seen the state of the flat. I am concerned that if I do not pay by Wednesday, they will increase their demands further. It is professional bullying and supports bad tenants, not good landlords.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Property Law
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