Cleanliness or its lack has been named by letting agents as the most common reason for tenants losing their deposit.
A survey of 265 ARLA Propertymark member branches found that 88% of agents said the main reason tenants dont get their deposits back is because they leave the property dirty or messy.
Another 44% cited lack of maintenance such as keeping the garden in a fit state, while 39% said issues of direct damage to the property were the most common reasons for losing a full deposit.
Unpaid rent was cited by 31% of respondents as a common cause, while leftover belongings, unpaid bills and keys not being returned were also highlighted.
The figures are similar to data from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).
A TDS spokesman said: In our recently-published Annual Review, cleaning and damage were the two most common causes for deductions.
In our insured scheme, cleaning accounted for 56% of disputes, and damage was involved in 51% of cases.
In the custodial scheme, damage was the most common cause of disputes, accounting for 68%, and cleaning was second at 47%.
In both schemes, redecoration was the third most common reason for deposit disputes.?
The most common reasons why tenants dont get their (full) deposits back at the end of tenancy agreements
Percentage of agents who selected each option
Lack of sufficient cleanliness
Lack of maintenance (i.e. overgrown gardens)
Direct damage to the property and its contents
Unpaid rent at the end of the tenancy
Damage due to carelessness and lack of maintenance
Unwanted personal belongings left behind
Keys not returned at the end of tenancy
Unpaid bills at the end of the tenancy
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