Advice on a DPS deposit claim please?Make Text Bigger
Hi Landlords I’m looking for advice on a DPS deposit claim, brief outline is the tenant has rented for 4 years the kitchen was new at the start of the tenancy property decorated throughout and new carpets. Apart from being untidy and lived in we have had no cause for concern on inspections, during the pandemic the tenant had asked if inspections could be suspended (to be honest we weren’t too keen either ).
I asked to do an inspection in early December and conveniently the children had been sent home due to a Covid-19 outbreak and the visit was cancelled.
The tenant gave notice late January and moved out last weekend, to our horror on the sign out there had been an obvious leak from his washing machine which has blown all the kitchen base cabinets, two of the cupboard doors and three end panels along one wall, they have also re-decorated the whole house extremely badly painting over light switches, socket points, wall paint on the ceilings paint spillage on the carpets and flicked all over the bathroom vinyl (our tenancy agreement states no decorating without our consent).
Having checked with our kitchen supplier today the range is no longer available base cabinets are, but we cannot match the doors or end panels, so we would have to replace all the other good kitchen doors. kick boards and end panels in a new range, this is all on top of new carpets (we accept wear and tear but paint !!! ) and fully re-decorate.
I should also mention his Father is the guarantor.
Obviously, the repairs will exceed his deposit, we have had the keys back two days and debt letters are already coming through the door.
Should I claim the full deposit against the completely new kitchen which will way exceed his deposit, or will the DPS throw it out saying he is only liable for the damaged cabinets and panels (which can’t be replaced as they are no longer available) or should I claim for carpet cleaning/new carpets, vinyl and re-decoration and only the kitchen parts that are damaged and pursue his Father for the rest?
Any advice on how the DPS would view the claim would be greatly appreciated
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