I have a long running dispute with my landlord and letting agent over the return of my deposit. I moved out on 13th Feb 2016 and have yet to come to an agreement with the agents over the amount of deposit they want to deduct.
The final point we are arguing about is the cleaning of carpets. It is a small 2 bedroom flat with only a small hallway and small bedroom carpeted. Firstly they wanted to charge a ridiculous amount to clean the two carpeted areas and then when I pressed them for an invoice they came back with a copy of the invoice. Through checking online the flat is now up for rent with brand new carpets. I again pressed them on this and got a reply that the carpets couldn’t been cleaned to the standard the landlord deemed acceptable so he replaced them.
Should I be charged for cleaning if the carpets have been replaced? The flat was left in a good state, throughly cleaned although I admit not professionally cleaned.
To try to get me to agree to pay the agents are threatening that if I dispute the amount then they will charge for the cleaning and replacement of the carpets. I want to dispute it but don’t want to be charged even more should the dispute be found in their favour.
I should add this is an agent and landlord who tried to charge me for a light bulb being out…
Any advice would be much appreciated.