letter before action
Dear Mr XXXXXXXX
RE: 123 High Street, Anytown, AT1 2AA
On the XXX of XXX 20XX I/We paid you a tenancy deposit of £XXX in respect of the above property. Following the end of our tenancy on XXX of XXX 20XX you have indicated that you wish to retain all / £XXX of my / our deposit in respect of:
Whilst I/we agree with items 1, 3 & 5, I/we can not accept any liability for the items which do not relate to this tenancy / are fair wear and tear.
The deposit remains mine/ours in law until you prove that it is due to you. As you have no proof of these disputed items, please return the amount of £XXX within 14 days. If you fail to do so, I/we shall have no choice but to commence proceedings for the recovery of the deposit that you are unlawfully withholding.
Such proceedings could result in substantial expenses being awarded against you under Rule 27.14(2)(g) of the Civil Procedure Rules. A County Court Judgement (CCJ) may also affect your credit history and make obtaining credit more difficult in future.