Next time you need a man out to connect your DVD to your telly,give me a PM,reasonable enough rate,e200 call out,then e80 per 30 min (does not take more than 2hrs usually)Well I had a man out to connect up my DVD player to the TV!
+1OP, as well as sticking to your guns I would go out of my way to (legally) ruin this landlord. Try to investigate anything dodgy they might be doing re tax etc and shop them. Just do it anyway even if they back down. I would.
If you have no house inventory he cannot bill you for items he has no evidence of the existence or condition of. Reply to the solicitor and forward a copy of both letters to the PRTB - phone them up also and let them know what is going on. He is probably just trying to gouge you. Anybody can pay a solicitor to write a letter claiming you owe XXX.Do we reply the solicitors telling them that a PRTB dispute has been set and they will contact his client in due course? Do we get a solicitor ourselves? I have been trying to contact threshold but they are always busy. We pretty much do not what to do next. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
500 is probably a good cost for a small house. My ex bought a 2 bed terrace in a country village and the mother and myself repainted it (it was totally destroyed by scumbag tenants from the previous owner) for about 400 at most. Doesn't cost that much if you do it yourself. We did ceilings and everything. A large place done by professional painters would obviously cost a lot more.One poster has said it costs 500 to paint a house, even for cash I doubt one could get it done for that price. I paid 1500 about 2 years ago when my long term tenants left. 5K is beyond me as well but maybe in Dublin in a top notch house that is what it costs. If he has an invoice for that and you have admitted the kids wrote on the walls then I don't know how the PRTB will adjudicate.
This scenario sounds a little familiar to me. I reckon the LL believes that the occupiers are in Ireland on an expat package (housing,utilities, car, schooling, per diem & salary) sponsored by their employers & see this as a fast cash route, in the belief that the employers will blindly pay any bills sent forward rather than investigate, I've seen this attitude before with landlords & their Expat Clients, although not in Ireland.
stick to your guns OP, what's right is right & best of luck.