So I have moved house in the past couple of weeks, and have had nothing but problems with the old landlord and estate agent that fronted him.
At first, we were told that the incoming tenants wanted any furniture we were leaving behind, and as we were looking to replace it ask anyway that was fine. We also used professional cleaning products to give the place a going over and the estate agent came round to check everything was fine.
He said it was and we'd be due the full deposit within 24 hours
48 hours past and no deposit was forthcoming, when we contacted him again he then claimed we needed to get rid of the furniture, as the tenants didn't want it and it's an unfurnished flat. So, slightly bemused, me and my partner went over, took apart the flimsy shit we left there and threw it all away, and even cleaned again just to make sure it was hunky dory.
We then get another text a day later saying the blinds to the windows were dusty (baring in mind the place hasn't been lived in for 2 weeks now and these Venetian blinds were a complete dust magnet) and the landlord's wife wasn't happy as she had to clean them herself. We said take it out of the deposit if you want, as cleaning products and labour for the cleaning of 3 window blinds is hardly going to break the bank.
Then after another 2 days the estate agent tells us everything is fine, thanks for being reliable tenants and sends us the deposit.
Now, today, 2 days afterwards, he has just text me to tell me the landlord is unhappy with the cleanliness of the oven and expects me to get someone to come over and professionally deep clean it...
I have my deposit back
I have no keys to the old flat
I have already sorted out my new place and don't need a reference or anything from the old estate agent
They had already inspected the entire flat twice and said all is fine
So what should I do? Technically, I don't have to do anything, right? We are no longer his tenants, I have my money and we don't have a legal contract or anything with them any more. Is the landlord and his wife just trying to take the piss? Any advice would help!