We have a pet chinchilla in our rented flat. The pet has nibbled round the skirting board and some of the door frame. Our landlord was not happy about this and is demanding the damage be repaired immediately. We have told the landlord we will be leaving the accomodation in the next few months, however they are insisting on coming in and making repairs to our flat now. They are also trying to bill us for the damage even though they hold our £600 security deposit. We have told them we are happy for them to keep the security deposit to cover any damage, but they are insisting on yet more money upfront so they can bill us for this damage AND keep the security deposit too. They are very unrealistic and expect us to pay to make the flat look the exact same as when we moved in 4 years ago.
My question is – can they legally send us the bills for these repairs when they hold our £600 security deposit?