Cleaning is the most common cause for deposit disputes

Cleaning is the most common cause for deposit disputes

10:25 AM, 6th September 2021, About 10 months ago 2

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The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) statistical briefing for 2020/21 reported on the most common reasons for tenancy deposit disputes with cleaning leading the way at 49% of the total disputes handled, up from 42% in the previous reporting year. Click here for the full report.

Damage disputes rank second with 35% of disputes, down significantly from the average of previous years, followed by redecoration at 26%, rent arrears possibly surprisingly only at 15% given the pandemic and gardening at 12%.

75% of disputes were raised by tenants with 17% raised by agents and only 8% raised by landlords.

However, the consistent experience of the schemes is that disputes are raised in a low proportion of cases, typically fewer than 1% of tenancy deposits protected.



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NewYorkie View Profile

11:46 AM, 6th September 2021, About 10 months ago

Looks like this report covered the year to March 2021, when there had been massive rent arrears but no evictions and therefore few tenants leaving. Expect a deluge! I finally evicted my feckless tenant in July after 17 months arrears, and he left the flat in a filthy state, with broken dishwasher and washing machine. Even assuming I can get the full deposit back on a Statutory Declaration, it won't go close to the £2000 for clearance, deep cleaning, decorating and new DW and WM, not to mention the £10,000+ in arrears and costs!

Deb

19:44 PM, 14th September 2021, About 9 months ago

It always baffles me as to why tenants think a property must be pristine when they move in but can be left like a pigsty when they move out. They seem to think that filth and dirt comes under wear and tear and that cleaning is included in the rent.

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