Tenancy Deposits

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1 month ago

A tenant left 17/5/24. The most intimdated I`ve been on checkout, mainly by tenants bodybuilder type family member . They clearly wanted to argue and got quite verbal, as I mentioned some rent was owed. So for my safety, I  got out of the house quickly. I already had the keys and a signed surrender form. I also called the police on 101 for advice on my safety.

I waited in my car until they took the rest of the stuff and left. Then I changed the locks.

Basicaly, every carpet is trashed by paint or some substance on them, or the dog has made holes in them, plus the house is very dirty.  It needs maintence, as I could not get access for a long time, which I am relieved to be able to get on with. Some of the carpets were not new and some were 2 years old. 

The deposit was fuly protected with TDS and correct procedures followed. Its only £300 deposit and am not concerned that it will not cover my costs. The tenant was there for over 6 years.

They tenant expects the insurance backed deposit back but I am going to ask the Tds to let me keep it. I am now on holiday and not back for 9 days and prefer not to deal with it until my return, plus when i can get better photos. Does the 10 day rule of dealing with deposit start from today or from when the tenant askes for the deposit back? I really want to avoid unpleasent messages etc while I am away.

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