It’s pretty amazing how a relationship can turn from warm apple pie to steaming shit over something as superficial as money. The situation I’m in so ridiculous that I don’t know whether to laugh and/or forcefully push my tenant into the arms of a psychologist.
In a previous article I talked about how a tenant of mine was vacating my property, and how an inventory helped me support my case to hold money from my tenant’s security deposit to pay for repairs. I had to make a £300 claim to replace the front door, which she savagely destroyed when she changed the front door locks.
Me and my tenant had a good relationship as far as Tenant Vs landlord relationships go. She wasn’t the perfect tenant by any means, but she wasn’t the worst either.
As for her personality, she was a nice woman from what I experienced. However, I always sniffed a hint of chav/pikey from her essence, even though I never saw her trailer park side. I could just tell it was there, lurking, always ready to pounce. Don’t get me wrong, she was always pleasant enough to me, but I just knew…Oh, I just knew.
So it came to no surprise when the junkyard dog started barking when her security deposit was returned with a £300 reduction. In my defense, the reduction was completely fair. When she moved into the property, the front door was in brand new condition. And when she left, it looked like this:
I immediately received a text from her (I imagine as soon as she opened her mail), saying that she can’t believe I took £300 out, and the door was already broken.
Firstly, she better believe it, and secondly, that’s a lie- the door was NOT split in half. I didn’t bother responding because I couldn’t be bothered with a text-war (as entertaining it may have been). I’m now just waiting for her next move- I’m actually expecting a barrage of phone calls and abuse.
I’m not entirely sure how far she’s going to take this; whether she’s going to try and take legal action against me or throw flower/egg bombs at my property. Either way, I’m standing guard, like a military man. I wouldn’t put anything past her. Hopefully she’ll just cool off and realise she’s in the wrong.
The whole situation is petty and unnecessary. What did she think the security deposit was for? It’s very purpose is to repair/replace anything which has been destroyed over the years of being a tenant. I genuinely could have charged her a lot more, because the tart left huge holes all over the walls where she used her pathetic knowledge of D.I.Y to put up picture frames with unnecessarily thick screws. I also let a lot of other small issues slide, like shit stains on the carpets and walls.
On that note, I’m glad the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme has been introduced. I don’t want to have to deal with moderating this kind of bullshit in the future, i’d rather get a 3rd party to cut through the crap.
Anyone else ever had problems regarding security deposit?
Finally, I recommend that ALL landlords do a throrough inventory of their property before a tenant officially moves in, so there are no misunderstandings when the tenant moves out:
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