Myth-busting – Electrical Safety installations Act 202011:19 AM, 3rd August 2020
About A week ago 79
We had a tenant on an AST which was renewed every year for 11 years in total. The schedule of condition wasn’t updated each year and unfortunately we didn’t carry our regular inspections, although this isn’t stated in the lease. The property needed a full refurbishment and last year a notice was served to terminate the tenancy.
After the two month notice he refused to leave and an eviction process was undertaken. He finally left the property in March this year. The property was suffering extensive mould which needed eradicating.
Under the lease there was a specific term to keep the premises ventilated and clean any mould on a regular basis. We are asking for him to contribute towards these costs (the rent deposit would cover 50% of the costs).
We raised the issue of condensation and advised how to clean mould back in 2015.
He is saying he opened windows and cleaned the property, but we find this hard to believe.
Are we able to claim these costs and deduct from the rent deposit, or will this be difficult bearing in mind he has rented the property for 11yrs and we didn’t inspect the property regularly and undertake works at the time (even though there was space the fully clean and decorate the mould).
Many thanks Marcus
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