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