I’m in a quandary.
I’ve been renting a flat for 3 years and will be moving out shortly. My landlord has not put my £1k deposit into a deposit scheme and sadly I don’t trust them to return it. This is because I feel that the way I’ve been treated over the years is like a cash cow and recently when I suggested I could get a cleaner in before I left for them he gave me a stupidly high quote (about 1/4 of my deposit, it’s a small flat and will be empty when they clean it!) which I could pay and he’d deal with. Past experience has also made me wary.
The house is fine, has a bit of wear and tear (a few minor scratches on painted walls) which I don’t mind contributing towards but no damage as such.
Where do I stand if I dont pay my last month’s rent in lieu of the deposit? How can I best phrase this so I can reduce the chance of conflict?