Thanks Richard, I’ll try to summarise as best I can. Moved in nearly two years ago after marriage ended. I’m bipolar and have been struggling for a while. Renting through a letting agent but after about 6 months I contacted my landlady as I wanted to get a dog and needed her permission. It didn’t work out with the dog and that’s how the living room carpet got damaged. The damage to paintwork is where I’ve tried to clean the wall and it’s removed paint. The plastic drawers in the freezer have become damaged with one needing replacing and the other two having minor hairline cracks which do not affect use. A lampshade got damaged but I have replaced both to keep a matching pair. There is some slight mildew marking on the grouting in the bathroom.
Unfortunately I had an argument with my landlady previously when my letterbox was damaged. I was under the impression that I wasn’t responsible for criminal damage and told her so which didn’t go down well. In the end I replaced it as it was only a tenner. The trouble is that she’s more involved than I think she should be. She’s very fussy and house proud and lives on the same estate meaning she comes round quite often. I’m a good tennant and have always paid my rent on time and in full. I want to do the right thing but don’t want to be taken advantage of. So the following needs doing
New living room carpet - definite
New freezer drawer - it would make sense to replace this as if not she may focus on the other two. Again though, does age depreciation come into it. It’s £50 for a new draw which seems high compared to the cost of a second hand fridge. It’s not new by any means and has a dent in the door.
I’m just trying to weigh up pros and cons, I don’t want to shell out for brand new items and then get picked up for minor things later on and don’t want to affect future referencing if required. On the other hand I want to put things right but don’t want to lose out for being too honest. I’m also unsure about how the deposit return works and how they decide on deductions.
Hope that all makes sense and thanks again