8:58 AM, 21st February 2020, About 4 years ago 4
Are there any legal beagles that could help me deal with a deposit dispute? From advice I received a long time ago, I have my limited company give what I thought are lodgers agreement and therefore no need to insure the deposit. As my company is the tenant for the downstairs bar, I was advised that I can issue this type of contract.
The tenant was there for 12 months and had his deposit returned in full when he left in December. The tenant was happy not to be charged for wall damage but tried to get me to refund him for the week that he moved out earlier than the notice stated. I am a bit nervous with him so didn’t want to even talk about charging him for the damage, but said that I could give him an extra weeks rent back too!
I’ve had some issues with this tenant being threatening to me and a bit creepy personally as well as starting a fight with my bar manager one night. Not that this has anything to do with these issues but gives you an idea of the person.
Then I received a solicitors letter for 6 times the deposit (1 x 6 month and 1 x periodic tenancy) saying that lodgers contracts can’t possibly be given by a limited company.
In this case, I’m certain that I was in the wrong. I’ve been told in the letter to not contact him under any circumstances. So I’d like to know how to do damage control here and minimise any losses.
I’ll need representation to deal with these solicitors and possibly court proceedings if it comes to that.
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