can landlord keep my deposit?

can my landlord keep £800 deposit because i didn t clean windows when i left.it was in the tenancy agreement that i had too

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  • DJJD
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    1 decade ago
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    There is lots of information that is needed before anyone could advise you on this. If you entered into the tenancy agreement after the 6th of April 2007, your deposit should be protected by the tenancy deposit scheme (see CAB info on link below) and you should be able to get it back. If you entered into the agreement before that, then you need some specialist advice. Have a look at the Shelter website. The contact details are on there so you can ask someone with specialist knowledge. Good luck.x

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  • 1 decade ago

    Legally your landlord should have put the deposit into the government tenancy deposit scheme, which means that he would have to give a good reason for not returning your deposit. Not cleaning the windows wouldn't be deemed a valid reason, he could claim the cost of cleaning them but that wouldn't be £800.

    Check out the website below, that might give you more information about your rights

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  • 1 decade ago

    The landlord can ONLY keep the actual cost for cleaning windows and this must be a reasonable price. If he refuses to provide you with a copy of the window cleaner's invoice or a price breakdown for him cleaning the windows himself, then you need to speak to citizen's advice.

    He MUST give you the rest of the money back. He can't keep it all just cos he's annoyed at having to sort it himself.

    Obviously, you could have avoided all this by cleaning them yourself but dirty windows is a relatively pathetic reason for a landlord to try to keep a deposit (and sadly, many landlords will want to keep it if they can)

    Good luck to you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it was in the tenancy agreement that you had to keep the windows clean and you didn't, what do you think the answer is going to be?

    The landlord is fully in their right to keep your deposit, as you have not kept to your side of the agreement.

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  • 4 years ago

    Depending on the paperwork you signed, some deposit's are non-refundable. I hope you got a copy of it. If not request one. If the contract is unclear about the deposit being refundable or not, take it to small claims court. If it clearly shows that the deposit is non-refundable with your signiture your stuck. If it doesnt say anything definately fight for your money in court

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  • 1 decade ago

    If in was in the tenancy and you didn't do it then yes your landlord can keep your deposit. It doesn't mean that he/she will though. Landlords will nit pick about anything to keep a deposit.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yep, you broke the agreement therefore he is entitled to the deposit. Something to think about may be the definition of clean windows, if the agreement just said "clean the windows" you could argue that it's subjective and the windows are clean. Unless they're covered in poop or something.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why would you wonder if you would have your deposit kept if you didn't follow what the agreement stated when it comes to cleaning windows before you left? This seems like a no brainer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well if it was in the tenancy agreement and you didn't do it then yes he has the right to keep your deposit unfortunately.

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  • 1 decade ago

    £800 for not cleaning windows is way over the top, pay citizens advice a visit.

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