by Rachel Crook
An increasing number of landlords are losing out when their tenants leave a property slightly damaged because there is not enough evidence to withhold the deposit, it has been claimed.
According to mydeposits.co.uk, landlords are entitled to keep deposits if the damage caused goes beyond general wear and tear.
However, under deposit protection legislation tenants can formally dispute this and if the landlord cannot provide evidence of damage or failure to clean then they will often be forced to pay back the money.
Recent figures from the company have revealed that of 125 disputes in the third quarter of 2008, tenants won 91 per cent of the time.
David Salusbury, chairman of mydeposits.co.uk, suggested that a prepared inventory is one way to show that "any deductions are justified and proportionate".
Landlords who are feeling the effects of the credit crunch or have lost out on money could save some cash by drawing up their own property inventory.
Published on: December 10, 2008