Going down the Drain?

Going down the Drain?

11:16 AM, 10th August 2021, About 2 months ago 11

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When carrying out the end of tenancy inspection on a student let, I encountered a completely blocked drain outlet from the kitchen and bathroom. This was so bad that the adjacent paved area of the yard had been flooded which had left a congealed mat of fat and there was a watermark and crud on the wall and pipework.

I have always encouraged my student tenants to report any minor defect before it develops into a crisis, so this was a shock. Now that the property is unoccupied, it seems certain that the problem is serious, as the residual water has not drained away.

As we are between tenancies I need to get the drain cleared, however, the departing tenants deny that it is their responsibility and I cannot reach an agreement with them regarding retaining the drainage contractor’s costs from their deposit.

Apart from this problem, the tenants have left the property clean and I will be returning the balance of their deposit in full.

Has anyone had a similar experience and perhaps taken the issue to arbitration by Mydeposits. Surely this sort of neglect does not fall into the normal wear and tear category?

Best wishes


by Jonathan Clarke

8:34 AM, 18th August 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by at 18/08/2021 - 08:07
Yes agreed . It was just the principle of this exercise I was highlighting rather than the maths

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