Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
I thought I had the base covered where in my lease it states ” the tenant agrees the landlord reserves the right to appoint cleaners if he feels that the property has not been cleaned to an acceptable standard, such costs being borne by the tenant”
Looks pretty clear cut to me. Tenant and landlord agree to a condition in the lease and thus a binding point. We sought to charge a tenant cleaning costs in the absence of effective inventory and condition ( will come back to this) docs. The adjudicator threw out the charge even having pointed out the principle of parole of evidence.
I can understand an unfair contract but such principles are applied to a contract that would impoverish I.e.payday loans charging 4000% interest.
It has been talked about at length having detailed comprehensive photographed evidence, but standard of cleaning is subjective and you easily spend a whole day carrying out a proper acceptable standard of inventory which would be effective in a dispute. Who has time for that ? Currently I spend about 3-4 hours with usually a disinterested tenant carrying out an inventory. Carrying out an inventory has a good psychological effect on impressing tenants you care about your property.
The question is can I state unequivocally in my lease that professional cleaners WILL be appointed at end of tenancy at no more than £X cost which the adjudicator cannot dismiss when a deduction is made from the deposit.
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