Tenant seeks bond return via county court

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By Landlord Expert December 2, 2013 16:45

Through naivety as I only own one property that I let and manage it myself, I did not place the bond in the correct scheme 4 years ago when the tenancy began (500) the tenant vacated and left the property in a terrible state. They had decorated so badly and let their dog urinate on the carpets that the whole house had to be re-decorated and carpets changed in order to make it lettable again. This cost in excess of £2000 and intended to retain the bond to off-set the costs and fully expected to have to write-off the difference.
However the tenants have sought advice and started a county court claim for the return of the bond.
My question is if I defend the claim and enter the costs incurred as a counter claim will the judge accept and take these into account or can he ignore my counter-claim entirely because I didnt deposit the money correctly and order me to re-pay the bond and also add on a fine for not using the scheme of 3 x the bond i.e. £1500?

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By Landlord Expert December 2, 2013 16:45

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