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Deposit penalties 2-6x - Legalise Letter from Landlord - Help!
Tussle with ex landlord over deposit. I left the property last month.
His negotiating via email for deposit reduction made me suspicious so I checked online with all 3 companies if deposit has been protected, it hasn’t. I add a request at the bottom of my email of negotiation asking for cert details.
No reply. A day later I send a separate short email asking for cert details. I receive a reply to the first email which only agrees to my suggested amount (LL tried to charge me for damage that was already caused when I took over the tenancy, luckily I took video when I moved in so had proof I was not responsible). He still doesn’t give any details of deposit scheme info.
‘We hold your deposit of £xxx, from which we deduct the £xx you have offered, leaving a balance due to you of £xxx in full and final settlement..of any claims you have in regard to the deposit.we hold. If you agree with this Please email your bank details, I will transfer £xxx without delay.’ [His grammatical mistakes.]
I haven’t sent the bank details yet but I did reply asking for the deposit scheme details for a third time. No reply.
Question - Can I send the below back in reply and still go to court after to claim the penalties?
‘Please find my bank details below to settle the matters of the bullet points in my email dated x/x/2023.
My bank details are not being provided as agreement of full or final settlement on any other matters or claims in respect of my deposit.’
I want to use the deposit to fund the court fees. I am pretty sure you are all going to tell me that even the deductions he is asking for are now not legal. Its for an oven clean, I forgot to clean the internal walls of said oven. I don't mind paying for that.
The landlord has approx 30 tenants, many of them professionals new to the UK. I have checked with another tenant who hasn’t had deposit updated since assured shorthand tenancy contract ended and rolled over to statutory periodic tenancy and I suspect there will be a number more.
Another question - I am reading that because he didn’t protect deposit/send a PI initially and again when my 1 year AST ended and rolled over to statutory periodic tenancy that he would actually owe the penalty of 2 to 6x my deposit. Can anyone confirm that too please?
Note: I am likely to go through a NWNF company and would appreciate any recommendations as I really don't want to deal with him direct again, he's the type of chap who won't take me seriously. He hurt my hand when shaking it whilst telling me he has friends to 'help with any troublesome tenants'. I cried to a friend about it after and ensured I wasn't alone with him again. I feel a bit daft about that but it is what it is. It hurt.
Any advice of what moves I make next would be really appreciated. Out all day but back this eve to check in. Thank you. (Sorry for the novel!)
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