Quick question for those in the know. We were landlords ourselves last year and weren't arseholes about minor stuff when tenants moved out, so are a bit miffed with the agents/landlord of the property we recently vacated.
£110 to repaint the doorframe we chipped when taking the settee out. It is literally a small chip and some paint damage about the size of your little finger where one of the legs caught.
Current estimate of 3 men x 8 hours x £19/hr to replant their garden. Given the horrendous weather we've had, I can see neither the blame being ours for their marigolds not appearing, nor how 24 man-hours could be required to turn over the borders. I maintained the garden myself last summer when the weather was good, but who in their right mind goes out in the pissing-down rain/6" snow cover to weed a garden frozen solid by consecutive weeks of sub-zero temperatures?
6 hours of cleaning @ £15/hr. We're neither squatters nor junkies, and we didn't treat the house like we were. In fact, we employed a cleaner to come every week and deep-cleaned in the 4 days before we handed the keys back, including having the carpets professionally cleaned.
Current total is close to £850 of our £1200 bond, and I think they're taking the piss. Agents are obviously being coy with the details as they want to retain the landlord's business, so how do we go about contesting these amounts.
Or do we contest them? Are they reasonable?
I should add that we're in Scotland, so does the DPS come in to play?
Ta in advance.