Hi. I am having a slight issue with my landlord.
I spoke to him a few weeks ago to discuss early termination of our 12 month tenancy. He agreed to this over the phone and then I emailed him to confirm. He then emailed back and claimed he didn’t realise we were still in our tenancy. We have accepted jobs elsewhere now and handed notices in at our current jobs. He has still said its ok to terminate early as long as we do a few things and one was to allow the estate agents access to allow viewings which we agreed with.
This week the estate agent came and had a look around and today I received an email saying the house is not in order to be viewed. This is totally rediculous, it’s a lived in house, it was cleaner than it was when we viewed initially and the house had been tidied top to bottom. I know what a clean house looks like I grew up with a dad who lives in a show home, he would comb the tassels on the rug when we knocked them and vacuumed 3 times a day, so I know the house is clean. Not immaculate as we had one of our beds covered in clothes that we are donating to chairs which I wxplained would be gone and we don’t have a garage and I’m an electrician and keep some of my tools on the spare room that we don’t use but all of them are stacked away nearly. He is now threatening to charge us 1 months rent extra if we don’t sort out the issue so I called the estate agents to find out what the issue is and the girl couldn’t give me specifics just kept saying it wasn’t tidy which wasn’t true, I explained it was other than the rooms which I explained about. The bathroom was clean the kitchen was clean I had mopped and hoovered the entire house, bleached the sinks and bath. To me their explanation is unreasonable.
I have taken photos of the house and sent them to him explaining that the house was tidier than in the photos as the photos I took were of the house when I returned home from work and the washing etc was hanging. In my opinion they are being unreasonable and I have kept my part of the agreement by allowing them in.
The kicker here is that when we moved in he took £875 deposit and put it into a DPS, but he also asked us to put an additional deposit for cleaning the carpets when we left as we have cats of £200, this would be returned if we stayed here for 3 years. This he made us pay directly into his bank and he did not protect.
I spoke to to a solicitor who said I could try and reason with him, which I am trying, and if he doesn’t start to be reasons I could threaten him with court for the deposit.
i could see if he will play nice and if not just not pay him his final months rent, let him lee the deposit and he won’t have a chance of getting anything off of me because any judge would throw a court case out because of his deposit violation. This way at least I have my money and I don’t have to try and get it off of him rather than him trying to keep my deposit and having my rent money and the extra £200. I don’t want to do this as i am trying to be reasonable, I’ve given him 2 months notice and even said I will show people around the house if he needs me to.
Does anyone one have any suggestions on what I should do