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If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass Try Being A Landlord In Germany

If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass Try Being A Landlord In Germany

If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass
Try Being A Landlord In Germany

There are always plenty of stories in the media about landlords and letting agents and their idiosyncratic practices, but a recent news article about a German landlord published in The Telegraph and picked up by LandlordToday.com really does take the p**s!

UK landlords have faced a great deal of criticism for reasonably, and in some cases unreasonably, withholding a tenants’ deposit for all kinds of damage caused to rental property by tenants but now a German landlord has ended up in court for trying to claim damage to a bathroom floor caused by a tenant’s urine.

The landlord had withheld €1,900, equivalent to around £1,400 (GBP) from the tenant’s €3,000 deposit for damage allegedly caused to a marble floor in the bathroom of a rental property by a male tenant missing the toilet bowl while urinating standing up.

The tenant sued his landlord after the refusal to pay back the €1,900 claimed for damages to the marble floor but the judge ruled that the tenant had the right to take care of business standing up.

The landlord had brought in a “technical expert“, who had the unenviable task of confirming that wayward droplets were indeed the cause of the damage to the marble tiles.

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End Of Tenancy Cleaning Is Main Cause For Deposit Disputes

End Of Tenancy Cleaning Is Main Cause For Deposit Disputes

Cleaning Causes Deposit Disputes

UK private rented sector landlords know that at the end of a typical tenancy the most common cause of a deposit dispute is the standard of the cleaning.

Deposit disputes have increased 10% in 2013, rising from 46% in 2010 to 56% in 2013, according to new data from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS).

End of tenancy cleaning has consistently been the most common dispute between landlords and tenants arguing over the refund of deposits, in mediation cases brought to the attention of the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) and the number of disputed deposits are now at the highest level since the scheme started.

  • 43% of disputes are over damage to rental property
  • 30% of disputes concern redecoration
  • 17% of disputes brought to the attention of the TDS concern rent arrears
  • 13% concern the state of the rental properties gardens

The TDS figures show that 55% of disputes were raised by tenants, with 21% receiving 100% of the deposit amount in dispute. 45% of deposit disputes were raised by landlords and letting agents, however, only 19% received 100% of the amount in dispute.

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