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hello - I’ve had some very nasty tenant experience and old appreciate any guidance in the right direction that will help me deal with the situation.
In Summary, the tenants did not pay rent on time for at least 6 months. Then they just stopped. After about 6 weeks of unpaid rent, they left abruptly, giving me a one day notice and leaving the house in a mess (their broken furniture and other items that they don’t need). The carpets, walls and garden is a mess. There is a lot of garbage in the garage.
The deposit which is in DPS only covers the unpaid rent. I have started the process for claiming that money though DPS. It’s been 2 weeks and the tenants have not responded which shows its clear that they are not expecting the deposit back.
Since they have left without giving me a forwarding address, I am seeking some information in the following areas
I am hoping I can file a case and then take the papers to them and give them a choice to come back to the house, take their mess and clean up to avoid a legal case. If not, I will pursue the case and at the least get them a CCJ. Thoughts?
Hi Mishtu,I am sorry to hear of your plight.Personally, I don't think the threat of a small claims court will encourage your tenants to return and take their rubbish and belongings. Mentally, they have left your property and everything associated with it, including you, the landlord. However, from a legal perspective, you have to be very careful about making assumptions about the end of the tenancy and also how you treat their belongings.
We have this helpful video:
You can use a service like FinderMonkey to find their new address.I would recommend you employ the debt collection services of PT partner, Landlord Action, who have a special department which deals with debt collection from delinquent tenants and will also ensure that everything is done to the letter of the law with respect to you taking back the property.With regards to the electricity bill, the tenants were liable up to the date they left. You become liable after that. If you visit the property (see above advice in the video), there may be some unpaid bills which indicate who the supplier is. You should take a meter reading, send it to the electricity supplier, and let them know your address for any standing electricity from the meter reading onwards. They will need to chase the tenants for any unpaid bills up to the point they left.I do urge you to contact Landlord Action and they have huge experience of these cases and can guide you through to the best possible outcome for you.Click on the banner at the top of this thread to visit the Landlord Action website.I hope that helps for starters and good luck!
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.
The Astute Landlord