Hi, I am moving out of a rental property late next week. I have just realised (through searching on my own) that the deposit was never protected in any of the DPS provider programmes. I am expecting disputes during the checkout as the checkin inventory was minimal, I have lived here in an old building for 6 years and that does generate some ‘wear and tear’, and the general demeaner of the landlord and my experience to date leads me to the assumption that he will try to hold all or most of the deposit. He is also recommending that we do the checkout ourselves and agree any issues on the day. Which leads me to the following questions:
1) Is it smart to do this without a checkout service or neutral party involved?
2) What is the best way to document disputes during the checkout? And to follow-up with legal action or otherwise on the disputes? Without the DPS arbitration protection.
3) Should I request the DPS information from him in advance (realising that he doesn’t have)? Don’t want to start him on the back foot and contentious, but also don’t want to have not done this before leaving the flat if it should have been.
Thanks for any advice!