We are also landlords, we've been renting out our family home in England, until recently. We are also renting out a one bed flat in South Wales.
The last tenants, although not as bad as the first set and did vacate earlier than requested have not looked after our property at all, despite having a list of demands for things to be fixed, repaired and redecorated before they moved in, which we did willingly.
We received £716.99 back from the tenants deposit of £1,462.50, the cost of repairs claimed for was £1,820.08. Having read the report of the findings from the DPS, it is clear that there was lack of evidence in the form of quotes, dated photos and itemised repairs, damages etc. I'm very disappointed with the rental agents and could have and would have done a better job myself of submitting evidence had I not relied on the agents to do their job in my best interests. For example it is deemed acceptable for this door to have been repaired.
An award of £300 was made for redecoration costs and as it wasn't stated at the time of the tenancy that the house had been freshly dated it was deemed acceptable wear and tear. Paint alone for the radiators, woodwork and walls was £100 and labour £15 an hour. The DPS consider a patch job good enough.
There was an award of £40 for this carpet to be cleaned, it won't clean and now it has to be replaced
You can read about the problems we've had and see the photos by clicking here. There are links within that post.
Would you be happy renting a property that was offered in this condition? Our previous tenants weren't. Yet look how they left it.
I'd love to hear about your experiences as a tenant and/or a landlord. The good, the bad or the ugly.