Private landlords cannot expect their accommodation to be left in perfect condition at the end of tenancy agreements, it has been suggested.

According to Penny Anderson, writing in an article for the Guardian, vacating a home at the end of tenancy agreements can take the form of a tug-of-war.

Tenants hope to receive their deposit in full, whereas private landlords sometimes look to withhold money based on their different judgement as to what constitutes "reasonable wear and tear".

Data from deposit protection scheme mydeposits.co.uk published in October last year showed that cleaning costs were the most common source of disputes between private landlords and tenants.

However, statistics released by the same body for the third quarter of 2008 found that tenants received all or part of their deposits back 91 per cent of the time.

This could indicate the importance of carrying out an inventory agreement at the start of a tenancy, but Ms Anderson argued that private landlords should not expect their tenants to treat their homes "like a museum".

"Landlords must be realistic and accept that their property may look a little lived in. It is, after all, our home,"she added.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19068249-ADNFCR

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