My landlord is currently attempting to charge me £160 for setting off the fire alarm in my property. I am a Student and do not have this money.
After smoking my electronic cigarette in my room, it set off the fire alarm. Following that, I have received an invoice from my landlord requiring that I pay £160 for the call out that was required to reset the alarm system.
I understand that it was my fault. However, this seems like an extreme charge.
I am in a HMO on an assured shorthold tenancy contract and having read through my contract I do not see any forewarning of such a large charge.
However my letting agent sent me this quote to justify the charge.
“2.5.9 To keep all fire exits and escape routes clear of obstruction. Not to wedge open fire doors or interfere
with smoke and heat detectors. Not to smoke or burn candles, or to store or use any inflammable
substance or device, in the Premise”
Is there anything I can do to prevent paying this large charge?