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I am a student with a private landlord and my toilet was recently broken and thus my bathroom needed a new part and a new carpet. The price for the repairs is £1100 but I can only afford to give up my £550 deposit. My landlord is asking for an additional £550 to make up the rest. In my lease, is explicitly said ‘The Tenant will be libale for the cose of repairs where the need for them is attributed to his fault or negligence, or any guest of his. The Landlord may deduct such costs at the termination of the tenancy from the deposit under Clause 6’. As I cannot afford the full amount of repairs, is there anyway that I am not liable for the full £1100?

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Hi Madeleine- unless you caused the issue and need for repair there should be no liability to you at all. Even if you are at fault, no Landlord is likely to be awarded the full cost to you unless the property/toilet was a brand new install.

It sounds like he is trying his luck here. I advise declining offering any money and I would raise a dispute with your Deposit regulator and have them rule on liability and proportionment of costs. It is totally free to do this.

Hope this helps- Kristjan

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