Bankrupt tenant allowed to keep deposit despite arrears?Make Text Bigger
I have a tenant who (thankfully) vacated last weekend, owing two months unpaid rent , and left the flat in a terrible mess.
Three days later the whisky bottles and fag-ends have been cleared, and we are beginning to see carpet, and the inside of fridges and ovens.
Anyway, their deposit covered about six weeks of rent, so we are already out of pocket, before even starting to pay for the repairs and cleaning.
The agents initially reported that the tenant was going to sign over the deposit to us, so better than nothing, but now the tenant, having been declared bankrupt about a month ago, thinks he is entitled to keep his deposit, or use it to offset against other debts etc.
Can anyone clarify whether this is true.? If so it would seem to be yet another unbelievably unfair piece of legislation hammering landlords.
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