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Deposit deductions from my previous tenancy with another housemate

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My tenancy in my house ended in October 2013 when my housemate left. I signed a new tenancy agreement with my new housemate for 6 months in the same house, which has just come to its end. So i didnt actually move out.

As there was no moving out in October, the landlord did an interim inspection and we agreed a charge of £50 towards cleaning as deductions from my deposit.

This wasnt actually deducted but deferred for convenience until the end of this tenancy.

This £50 was a compromise because there was no opportunity to do a proper inspection or a professional clean.

Now the final inspection has taken place of the new tenancy, the landlord is demanding another £50 towards cleaning, relating to the old tenancy, saying it was too difficult to have judged accurately at the time as i didnt move out.

The current housemate will not pay anything as it was not professional cleaned at the start of her / the latest tenancy and we have proof that the condition of the house is no different / better than when she moved in.

In addition, there were some blinds in storage that belonged to the landlord, there were no problems at the inspection, but then the landlord says that when they got the blinds out of the cupboard after we left, they say it was broken and are demanding payment. It had been handled by cleaners and the landlord since then, is this also right?

I feel like i am being taken advantage of here, please can anyone offer any advice? do i have a case to argue this, or do i need to accept it?


I should also i have offered another £25 towards this in an attempt to settle this but they have refused.


Hi Chris, thanks for posting in the forum.

Firstly, is your deposit protected in a Government approved Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS)? I assume you moved out in April and the money has not been released yet. Don’t worry, you have to agree to any deductions before this can happen (see our article on Deposits and DPS).

Secondly, does your tenancy agreement state that you have to have a professional clean at the end of the tenancy? If so, then both you and the second tenant have signed a legal document agreeing to this. Therefore your house mate is obliged to pay half of the cost, regardless of whether the flat was professionally cleaned before s/he moved in. If it does not appear on the agreement, neither of you are obliged to do this. As there was a discussion between you and the landlord, your offer of part payment is therefore a sign of goodwill.

With regard to the blinds, do they appear on the check-in inventory as in good condition? Were they damaged as part of normal ‘wear and tear’? (It is quite an easy item to damage in my experience). If you honestly broke them, then you should pay part of the cost to replacing them, depending on how old they were and what condition they were in when you moved in. If they are not in the inventory and you took them down because they were already broken but didn’t report it in writing, then it is your word against your landlord’s and it would be up to him or her to prove this.

For more information, see our section on ‘Deposits’ – there are some helpful articles that are relevant to your situation.

Finally, you can always contact the DPS and ask their advice, or use the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) which is free with the service, but be aware that their decision is final.

All the best and let us know how you get on.


The above represents my own opinion, derived from personal knowledge and should not be relied upon as definitive or accurate advice. It is offered free of charge and may contain errors or omissions or be an inaccurate opinion of the law. I accept no liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of relying on the above.


Thanks Justine, it all got a bit messy as the contract does state that professional cleaning is required IF cleaned at the beginning of the tenancy, which is wasnt as i didnt actually move out. (it was cleaned at the beginning of the first tenancy).

Therefore i have no idea if i am liable for the full cost of cleaning over the £50 i have agreed to pay anyway (from the previous tenancy as i am not trying to get out of paying anything).

With regards to the blinds, they were in storage from day 1 and so was never used (the landlady left a few personal belongings such as this that were included on the inventory). There was no indication of condition on the inventory noted and the damage was not spotted on the check out inspection of the property. I have suggested that it was the cleaners who may have damaged it when they moved it to clean.

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