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I am a landlord and my tenant agreement states that the property should be left as found, in other words I could re-let without going in to decorate. I let my tenants decorate to their choice of colours providing they run it past me first.
I hold their deposit and this will be returned without interest after a final inspection after they leave and all rents have been paid.
I once had a tenant from hell, painted one bedroom dark purple with stars all over the place. Broke the washing machine and most of the wallpaper was ripped off. Shower did not work and the place was filthy. I ended up about 5K out of pocket. I now refuse to accept DSS tenants which is a pity because some DSS people make great tenants.
By the way a landlord can claim fair wear and tear from his income tax, about 20% is the going rate so he should not claim this from a tenant and the taxman.
Also do you have a copy of the gas and electricity safety certificates?
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