Evidence to help get your deposit back
There are different types of evidence you could use to help you get your deposit back when your tenancy ends.
Using evidence in a dispute
If you think your landlord or agent is making unreasonable deductions from your deposit you can use different types of evidence to dispute them.
There are different ways you could challenge unfair charges, but you can use similar evidence for each method.
6 tips on preparing evidence in a deposit dispute
Martin runs through 6 important things to keep in mind when you submit your evidence in a deposit dispute. [Video length: 01:50]
Inventories and check out reports
Inventories from when you moved in can be useful to compare with check out reports, and may help you show if charges are unreasonable.
Make sure you attend the check out inspection
Your deposit scheme or the court may not consider a check done by a landlord as reliable as one by a third party.
Photos and video
Take photos when you leave the property.
If you also have photos or video from when you moved in, this may be helpful to show any change in condition of the property.
Make sure photos and video are clearly labelled or explained. Include details of:
what room or area they show
what they prove
what date they were taken
Dates of digital copies may be checked. Undated photos may be disregarded in a dispute
Statements from other people
Statements from other people can be useful to show that deductions from a deposit are unfair.
For example, from the previous or next tenants or neighbours.
Letters, emails and other messages
Emails and letters can be useful as evidence of things like:
repair issues you reported
agreements made between you and the landlord
any notice you gave to end the tenancy
To help set out your evidence, ask yourself:
What's the deduction for?
Did my actions cost my landlord money?
If there is an issue, is it damage or is it wear and tear?
What evidence do I have to prove the charges are unfair?
You can use your evidence to dispute unreasonable deductions from your deposit.
Last updated: 1 July 2019