It’s been a week since I arrived at the new crib. Smaller than the last – but less expensive too. This complex has a massive pool and gym. It also has a security gate which is manned properly instead one old boy who just eats all the time.
I am hoping this will be my last house move – until I make the final move back to the UK. I have been thinking about the move back for some time now.
The new house isn’t bad. Miss Tim did well to move all our shit. All that’s left it to get the 40k deposit back from the old Landlord. Not an easy task. It should be as simple as the Agent doing a survey of the house, seeing if there is any damage – and deducting the cost of repair from the deposit.
As we are not scumbags, there is no damage. Apart from a couple of holes drilled in the wall for the TV – it’s pretty much how it was when we moved in.
Of course, I expect to hear tales of how doors were hanging off hinges, leather sofas ripped, mattresses soiled and taps missing. None of that will be true.
Take off some money for a cleaning company to give a good clean and a handyman to touch-up a few holes and repaint – and I think 5,000 would be a fair number.
By the time someone is ready to rent it again, it would need another thorough clean anyway. The Landlord has 4 of these houses in a row – and only one tenant. I expect it will be gathering dust for a while.
In a ‘normal’ Country, the Letting Agent would hold onto the deposit. Part of their responsibility would be to manage these things. Not here. Not Dubai either. It’s pretty much upto the Landlord if they decide to return the deposit or not.
The Letting Agents don’t seem to have any influence or offer much support.
However, if this Landlord doesn’t return the best part of my deposit, I may just have to use the spare key that I have.
I may just have to remove the TV. I may just have to remove the fridge too. Or I may just have to accidentally pour a tin of black paint into the pool along with a bottle of Fairy Liquid.
The Agent told Miss Tim that we are to wait until the end of the month to receive word on our deposit.