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Boundaries, noise and cleaning: the problem of legal disputes

Alex Johnson

20cb2118dda65ba9679d3b788e65a5d7bfbdc8d9 300x225 Boundaries, noise and cleaning: the problem of legal disputesMore than a quarter of people aged over 50 have been involved in a dispute according to new research from Saga Legal Services, most commonly with their neighbours over noise, boundary and planning issues.

In financial terms, Saga Legal Services estimates that the average fee for advice relating to a row over property is £1,331 and for nuisance neighbours £879.

It follows the results of another study from the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) which reveals that although only two per cent of tenancies end in dispute, cleaning costs is the top reason why deposit money is withheld when a tenant moves out of a rented property. According to the AIIC, this is a growing problem as the number of renters is rising.

Indeed, research from MeetMyAgent.co.uk suggests that around three-quarters of rental properties are returned to landlords in what they describe as an “average/poor condition”. Around 29 per cent said they spent at least £1,000 bringing the property back up to the condition it was in at the start of the tenancy.

Pat Barber, Chair of the AIIC said: “Many tenants fail to leave their property in the same condition at check-out and are often very surprised when they are told that professional cleaning is required. Tenants rarely treat their rented property in the same way as they would a property they owned themselves. Unfortunately accidents do happen during a tenancy and tenants need to realise that they must take financial responsibility for things that are beyond normal wear and tear.

“It is vital that landlords and agents to do a thorough check-in and check-out, so they have the right proof of condition at the start and end of a new tenancy agreement. At the check-out stage, the tenant should be made aware of the areas requiring cleaning and the potential cost involved.”

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  • bobbellinhell

    I’d like to point out that ‘professional cleaning’ is only required if the contract says so. Cleaning costs are a very common excuse used by landlords to fraudulently withhold deposits.


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