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Should I mention depression in my property dispute?

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Valkyrjan

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Hi all,

I'm currently in a dispute with my previous estate agent. They have kept my deposit and are demanding further reimbursement from each tenant for largely false damages and expenses.

I had a large damp hole in my bedroom wall where plaster had fallen off and there was mould under the bathroom floor and around the room generally when we took up tenancy, both had been reported on the inventory when I moved in but wasn't fixed until about 10 months later. There were also no windows or working ventilation fans in the bathroom for many months until it was finally fixed.

The dispute has been going on for about a month so far (they took 5 months to hand us this bill) and I haven't yet mentioned my depression that affected me from 2009ish until a few months ago, the most severe phase during my tenancy at this house. I have medical records from the time to prove this.

My Dad doesn't think it's a good idea to mention this in case it looks like I'm trying to pad my argument out with things that he doesn't think will affect my case because it hasn't been mentioned yet. My argument is that it inhibited my motivation and ability to look after and stand up for myself, as well as the damp and mould likely having a further and negative impact on my health, which I have discovered from further research after the tenancy. The house was also cold due to plumbing issues and poor insulation.

Do I have a strong argument to include in my case here?

Thanks.
 
Wiseowl

Wiseowl

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Hi

If it were me I wouldn't because it could be turned and used against you. Some people have quite misplaced conceptions about MH and you don't want people dismissing your views on the dispute as irrelevant because you're not in your right mind, or something similar. It could be something the estate agent might use against you.

Have you sought legal advice?
 
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Valkyrjan

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Hi, thanks for the reply. Is it still possible to be turned against me if my healthy housemate backs up my account?

I haven't sought legal advice yet but I'll probably have to. I've spoken to the property ombudsmen that they're registered with and they said I have to try and sort it myself. If, after 8 weeks, it's not resolved then they step in but there's still just under 4 weeks until that time's up and the agent are already threatening legal action.
 
Lillyone

Lillyone

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Hi

I agree with Wiseowl.

Sadly MH issues can be turned around and used again you.
A lot of people are still very ignorant when it comes to MH.

I have taken the path of only telling those I really really trust.
It would be nice to be able to think people 'understand' but they seem not to - especially if they are the ones at fault.

Hope you get it all sorted out.
 
Wiseowl

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It's a gray area even with your housemate to back you up. I would think the best think to do would be to get legal advice now, you don't have to act but most solicitors will give you 30 minutes-1 hour of free consultation and they can give you accurate advice on whether or not it is wise to mention your MH.

Citizens Advice - Legal system
 
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