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Deposit dispute

Hi all,

Thought I'd share a deposit dispute that's now been referred to the TDS.

I was living in an apartment in an apartment block for two years. The flat had mildew/mould in some corners/ceiling in the lounge, the hot water tank room and wardrobe when I moved in. This was kept clean with bleach spray throughout tenancy. 

Original photos show this, but is written in the description as 'staining/blackening'. 

About 3 weeks before moving out, I discovered a slow leak from an anti-leak device attached to the washing machine which borders the wall for the hot water tank room. Landlord was informed of this. 

After leaving, landlord has informed me that they are claiming most of the deposit for mould treatment services caused by myself. They had damp surveyors come to check the property and marked it off as being caused by ventilation issues from tenant sources. No mention of the leak and no response from LL regarding whether they mentioned or omitted the slow leak. 

Further to this, they claimed that I had shut one or two of the trickle vents which led to mould growth underneath Venetian blinds. No check in photos show the trickle vent open, or the area of the mould she mentions (no reliable before/after photos)

No check-out process was completed, other than the LL taking pictures after I had vacated.

Given all of the above, what are your opinions on this? Am I as a tenant responsible for this ? Will the TDS make a note that she may have omitted information to the surveyors who told her it was all ventilation related? 

Cheers all!


  • pramsay13
    pramsay13 Forumite Posts: 1,834
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Just collect all your information and evidence and send to the adjudicator. 
    It's difficult for people to make a judgement based on limited information you have given. 
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