We’re moving out of a flat, and the lettings agent is charging us a “check out fee” of £60, presumably to cover the cost of hiring the guy who checked our flat against the inventory (30 minutes work). I understand that all businesses have costs to cover, but it does feel like a final sting in the tail after never being late with rent, and leaving the flat in great condition. While this was in the contract, it does feel a bit unfair to place this cost on the tenant. I’ve rented in many places before and have never been charged for checking out of a property. Is this normal?
I was going to give my lettings agent a Christmas gift for being so good over the last couple of years, but don’t think I’ll bother now.