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Cost of resealing ensuite shower

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youngadult109 Thu 25-Jun-15 18:23:59

Hello all,

I'm moving out of a rented property and the letting agent told us that they need to reseal the ensuite shower cubicle. May I know what's the usual cost for this? Would like to have a budget in mind so as to not being ripped off by the letting agent.

Many thanks!

wowfudge Thu 25-Jun-15 18:41:08

I don't think that would be anything other than the landlord's responsibility and not something you should be charged for/have deducted from your deposit. On what basis has the agent said you will be charged?

youngadult109 Thu 25-Jun-15 21:51:05

The agent said that it should be as clean as when I moved in. I've lived there for a year so there's some mold on the existing silicone. Guess that's the reason they are charging us..

TheoriginalMrsDarcy Thu 25-Jun-15 22:33:20

Pour bleach on the sealant and leave it overnight. It should come out clean.

youngadult109 Thu 25-Jun-15 22:53:38

Didn't think it was a problem so we didn't clean it perfectly. Have passed the keys back to agent so just waiting for the invoice to come in.

wowfudge Thu 25-Jun-15 23:25:07

I don't think that's right - unless there is a serious mould problem in the bathroom due to your failure to ventilate it then I would consider mould on sealant as wear and tear. I agree with pp that bleach or mould remover (contains bleach) could fix the issue.

What was it like when you moved in?

sanfairyanne Thu 25-Jun-15 23:58:04

nothing to lose by disputing it. ask the opinion of the people holding your deposit first step.

youngadult109 Fri 26-Jun-15 09:31:07

Here are some photos taken by the agent yesterday (sorry that it's a bit blur) to show you how bad (or not) is the shower cubicle.

I can't quite remember how it was like a year ago, clean I suppose. Anyway, as suggested, I've contacted the agent regarding this, and hopefully they will reconsider and not deduct from my deposit.

sanfairyanne Fri 26-Jun-15 13:42:17

on my phone anyway that looks like it needed an overnight soak in bleach. imo only they would be within their rights to charge a cleaning fee for it. it doesnt look like it needs resealing.

mistymeanour Fri 26-Jun-15 14:23:24

Bleach and tell the agent/deposit scheme that you consider it reasonable wear and tear. I never keep back deposit and always expect to have to clean/resilicone the bath and shower.

youngadult109 Fri 26-Jun-15 16:30:40

The agent got back to me saying the inventory stated that the shower seal was in good condition when I first moved in, and that a reseal is needed to restorr it to its previous condition as it's the tenants responsibility to maintain the condition. confused Should I persist in disputing?

sanfairyanne Fri 26-Jun-15 17:01:37

just ask the people holding your deposit. which scheme is it in?

wowfudge Fri 26-Jun-15 23:08:18

It does look terrible, but it beyond cleaning!

wowfudge Fri 26-Jun-15 23:08:36

Not beyond cleaning

youngadult109 Fri 03-Jul-15 17:31:13

Just received an email from the agent and they are charging me £70 for resealing the shower cubicle and £35 for tenant servicing fee (don't even know what is this for!).

Our deposit is held under Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). I think I'll proceed with raising a dispute. Any advice on how to make my case stronger by proving that a thorough cleaning is enough?

kicking my back now for overlooking the shower while cleaning for check out

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