I have recently vacated a property and most likely we’re going to have to use the ADR to get to an agreement on the amount of the deposit to return.
My landord claims that there is a “smell of wee” apparently in the carpet (he actually agrees that the carpet is clean and he’s not sure where exactly is it coming from). When we moved in, 2.5 years ago, my partner complained about a “smoky smell” in the house but the landlord did not take any action. We all agree there is a smell in the house, previously to our arrival, probably due to the old age of the apartment, but nothing to be too bothered about. The landlord reckons that there is a new odour, which I personally couldn’t smell the last time I was there, when I handed back the keys.
He plans to deduct about £150 in terms of professionally cleaninig the carpet, which i find unfair as the carpet is clean and there has definitely not be any spillage of any kind on our part. Also, there has been a number of works in the house that we think might have contributed to any additional smells (new boiler and radiator pipes).
How likely is he to get the deduction accepted? How can he even prove that there is a smell, apart from saying that some tenant candidates said so? There is definitely no such smell!!!
Many thanks for your comments.