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  • Landlords in Distress

    Inventory issue

    I have served my tenant notice and he will be leaving (god willing) mid November.  I realised to my horror that a garden ornament which is both sentimental and quite valuable had not been listed on the inventory (inventory done 6 years ago).  It is a sun dial.

    There was no mention of the condition of the garden either which had been pristine - but I can live with that.  

    Relations are not good to say the least between myself and my tenant. Is there anything I can do about this retrospectively?  The agent who arranged the initial inventory just said no - tough luck pretty much. 

    I realise I was stupid to not check but one of my parents was very sick and I was working flat out at the time.

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    I don't really understand your concern.  Are you worried the tenant will take the sun-dial? 

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    Yes I am worried it will not be there when the tenant leaves.

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    I think it unlikely that the tenant would take such an item.

    You could arrange to visit the property to say that you want to check the garden and remove a personal item.  I doubt that they would try and stop you.  Just say it was on loan from your parents and they want it back, or something like that.  The sun-dial is not vital to the running of the tenancy, so I don't think the tenants will object.

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    Thanks but I can't go near the property unfortunately as he is accusing me of harassment and trespass - hence why I am evicting him - unsubstantiated I might add but I can't give him real grounds.  No worries I will just hope he does not.  I very much appreciate your help.

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    He has recently refused access to a 3rd party too.

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    Im brand new to this game but if my only worry after a long tenanted property becomes vacant is a sun dial missing then I wont have gone far wrong in deciding to get into BTL

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    Please see above comment - there is a bit more to it than that but don't let that cloud your judgement.  I would say 4 out of 5 tenants (maybe higher) are ok from my experience.  I have been doing this approx 15 years. 

    Make sure you check the inventory yourself in detail - a foolish mistake I have made in not so doing. 

    Also make sure your tenants are credit checked thoroughly.  I did not receive the reference until years later (done by an Agent) and my tenant said he had never been a tenant previously which I did not know. 

    With hindsight I would not take such a tenant going forward.  He passed the affordability etc but I suspect he had made someone else's life a misery before me and then wiped the slate by saying this.

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    In my experience most people do not steal sundials. This is because they are mostly heavy objects made of stone or concrete, with little intrinsic value. I have, however, seen the gnomon removed on occasion by metal thieves as they are often made of brass.

    Don't despair though - replacement gnomons can be obtained. If you want the sundial to tell the correct time, however, the gnomon will need to be made specifically for the sundial's location. A gnomon made for Leeds will not be accurate in Littlehampton.

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