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Deposit Disputes & Redecoration

Inventory Clerks have reported that a number of deposit disputes arise due to misinterpretation of the term ‘neutral colours’ in tenancy agreements. While many might consider a neutral colour to be the standard lettings property colours from off-whites to beige to magnolia, the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) have reported that many tenants have chosen to paint their rented properties more outlandish colours. The Deposit Protection Service reported that in 2011, 31% of deposit disputes were due to redecoration in over 1,000 adjudications. There are many nightmarish stories – a tenant deciding that the term ‘neutral colour’ extended as far as painting the walls bright blue, which still showed through despite a number of attempts to repaint the walls. In another case the tenant was given permission from the landlord on the stipulation that it must be in neutral colour, then at the end of the tenancy it was discovered that the walls had been repainted a dark purple, which adjudicators agreed would make it difficult to find a new tenancy. The AIIC advises that there should be a detailed account and inventory of the property before move in, including photographs to record the condition of the property. It should also be clearly stipulated in the tenancy agreement that any changes to the property should be requested from the landlord first. Any permission given should include a clause within the tenancy agreement stating that the landlord has a right to return the room to its original colour if the paint colours are unauthorised.

Inventory Clerks have reported that a number of deposit disputes arise due to misinterpretation of the term ‘neutral colours’ in tenancy agreements. While many might consider a neutral colour to be the standard lettings property colours from off-whites to beige to magnolia, the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) have reported that many tenants have chosen to paint their rented properties more outlandish colours. The Deposit Protection Service reported that in 2011, 31% of deposit disputes were due to redecoration in over 1,000 adjudications.

There are many nightmarish stories – a tenant deciding that the term ‘neutral colour’ extended as far as painting the walls bright blue, which still showed through despite a number of attempts to repaint the walls. In another case the tenant was given permission from the landlord on the stipulation that it must be in neutral colour, then at the end of the tenancy it was discovered that the walls had been repainted a dark purple, which adjudicators agreed would make it difficult to find a new tenancy.

The AIIC advises that there should be a detailed account and inventory of the property before move in, including photographs to record the condition of the property. It should also be clearly stipulated in the tenancy agreement that any changes to the property should be requested from the landlord first. Any permission given should include a clause within the tenancy agreement stating that the landlord has a right to return the room to its original colour if the paint colours are unauthorised.

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