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Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004, 12:20 pm

So, as cartographer said in her post, the old landlord is, unsurprisingly enough, being a fucking dick about returning the hefty deposit. Head on over, have a read - any and all suggestions are very welcome.
So far we have photographed everything he complained about and we're aware of the rules about how he has to provide quotes and recipts for anything he intends to have fixed. We also know about threshold.ie, the citizens advice beaururuueur.. group, oasis and so on but if anyone knows anything specific about what to do when the dumb bastard lays down beige carpets in a house he intends to rent and it gets a bit dirty over the course of a year that info would be welcome.

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)

Don't feed your rabbits for a weekend, then trap him in a room with them?

Seriously, though, you do seem to know all the right resources. I assume he's properly registered?

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)

No idea, I assume he is, he's smart enough to realise that disgruntled tenants are a good way to get yourself shopped (though if revenge becomes desirable it can never hurt to check)
I think he's just chancing his arm to be honest.

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)

just thought..wouldn't it be grand to have an ebaylike rating system for tenants and landlords?

Really not sure about there..but everywhere I have lived has had a fairuse clause..depreceation in other words. In theory the landlord has to prove it was overt uses. In theory

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)

I believe there is such a system somewhere, I'm looking around for info on it. The problem with these things I guess is that slander/libel are almost certain to occur unless carefully monitored and moderated. Unfortunately the moderation would mean that the whole truth could not be told.
I think there is the assumption that "general wear and tear" is not reason to withhold deposit and for the most part I think the damage to the house falls under that category... heck.. pretty much everything mentioned now that I think about it. But yeah, I think the onus is on him to prove the damage was the tenant's fault.

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)

Well, that entry is locked so I can't read all the details on what he reckons is wrong, but have you considered "fixing" some of the stuff yourself? I got my carpets cleaned professionally before I moved to Finland, and it was surprisingly cheap. It might be worth your while to tell him you will sort out some of the problems - though that depends on how many there are and how ridiculous his demands are.

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)

ah yeah, forgot it was locked... oops.

The professional cleaning is an option but yesterday was the final day of the lease and as such there's a question as to whether or not we can have people in the house - so he might well get the final say on what happens there. The other problems though are just him being unreasonable in my opinion. No other landlord I've ever encountered behaved like this or was this petty, we need to find out for sure what the deal is with "acceptable wear and tear" but I'm pretty certain everything else in the place falls under that category.