My previous landlord agreed - in writing - to buy the drapes we had purchased and put into the house. We have since

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Customer: My previous landlord agreed - in writing
- to buy the drapes we had purchased and put into the house. We have since vacated the house, which was certified clean and acceptable by the land agent. Now the landlord has said we left the place in an untidy state and instead of disputing through this agency has deducted what HE believes he is owed from the amount he AGREED to pay, and received receipts for, for the drapes. Is this legal please?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: When we moved in it was dirty and full of Mason wasp nests. When we left it was vacuumed and cleaned. There may have been 2 cupboard shelves unwired because we we being, we felt, 'stalked' by the landlord as we were packing.
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: Not as far as we can see. We did not mow the lawns before we left because at the beginning of our tenure the landlord said he would do that but we said we would. He has made a lot of very untrue allegations. But my question is - does he have the right to take money from what he, in writing, agreed to pay for instead of disputing it from the bond he refuses to return?
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No as far as I know, nothing. Thank you.
Answered by Chris The Lawyer in 2 hours 1 year ago
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The landlord should have kept to the agreement which you made. Unfortunately if you want to take this further, you would need to make a claim in the tenancy tribunal. You don't need a lawyer to go to the tribunal and you might want to do this to stop the landlord doing this to other people

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