So sticky situation but i’ll keep it short! Moved out on Monday and landlord contacted to say will not be giving back my deposit. She claims new furniture is required due to staining (I do have a child but I cleaned best I could and have pics to prove is very light). I paid £1000.
I’ve just moved from Ireland so had no idea about the deposit protection scheme until someone at work told me today. She never protected deposit- when I brought this up she claims it is not AST but holiday let so does not apply! On second look, she did scribble’This is not AST’ at top on tenancy agreement but never discussed this with me! Also, the tenancy agreement has a clause stating deposit will be protected. The agreement also claims that this home must be my primary and only home which is surely not a holiday let! I rented this property for 6 months and was advertised as a letting and not holiday let. Landlord knew I was working and living from the property and was not on holiday.
Also, no inventory was ever done so I’m assuming this weakens her position. She wanted to send me bills for new furniture and says she will contact my employer if I refuse to pay.
Am I right in refusing and what should my net step be? As I mentioned, I’m from Ireland so I don’t know about the legal processes here.
Any help or suggestions are much appreciated.
Thanks in advance