Hello. I’ve just moved out from a room where I’ve lodged for the last 4 years (49 months, in fact). There was no written tenancy agreement and no inventory. I paid a deposit of £300 when I moved in.
I left the room in the same condition as I found it, with four minor exceptions listed below.
She four issues in particular:
(1) The only valid one in my opinion. There was a minor spillage on the wall behind the waste bin which I didn’t notice on my ‘final clean’ of the room. I offered to clean it during the landlady’s inspection, but she derided me and tried to make me re-clean the whole room, so I thought screw it.
(2) There is some wear and tear on the wall at the head of the bed. There’s no headboard, so over the last 4 years, the pillows and mattress have rubbed against the wall and left a bit of wear.
(3) There is some minor discolouration on the wall below the light switch. I contend that this is normal wear and tear, a result of fumbling for the light switch over 49 months.
(4) She claims there is damage to the carpet just inside the door. I contend that this is normal wear and tear from 49 months of coming in and out of the door. It’s barely visible in the images or in real life.
I contend that all of these ‘problems’ are reasonable wear and tear, except the first which I offered to clean but was insulted for my efforts.
Not only is my landlady refusing to give back the deposit, she insists the room needs to be “fully redecorated” and that I owe her more money for things like paints and rollers, a decorator to fully redecorate the room, new carpet, etc., etc.
It’s worth noting that she has recently redecorated her kitchen and lounge, and it seems she wants to redecorate this room – at my expense.
Also she has decided to claim ownership of some of my items. I have left the house and taken my items with me, but she claims they were hers. Neither of us have receipts and there is no inventory of what was present in the room at the start of tenancy.
I consider this outrageous. But, when I think about it, given that there is no tenancy agreement, and in particular no agreement (signed or verbal) regarding what condition the room should be left in, am I liable to pay anything at all for the cleaning/redecorating of the room or of the items she claims are hers? Legally, is there some secret rule that I am bound to but unaware of?
Thanks for reading!