Police raid/forced entry- damage- what recourse for L?

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    #46
    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Not enough question marks, then? Why only seven?
    "Then"; what?

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      #47
      Any damaged caused by the police should be reclaimed from them. They should make a note of teh damage they caused prior to leaving the property. Compensation should be claimed.

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        #48
        Police break into flat

        Police have broken into a flat that i am renting to a tenant, they claimed that drug dealing is happening at the property. I was informed by the tenant tht no drug was found at the property, but they have caused considerable damage to the flat.

        Where do i stand from a repairs point of view, surely i shoudn't be paying for the damage and someone has got to be responsible.

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          #49
          Did anybody get charged with anything at all? This is relevant because if the police had wrong intelligence and/or broke into the wrong flat it may be possible to make them pay for the repairs. If they found evidence of wrong doing there would be no chance at all.
          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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            #50
            If they had a warrant and found something then the tenant should pay, if they didnt find anything or entered without a warrant then the police should pay

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              #51
              See this thread (several on the subject of police damage merged into one long thread).
              http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ead.php?t=9962

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                #52
                Originally posted by platforminc View Post
                Police have broken into a flat that i am renting to a tenant, they claimed that drug dealing is happening at the property. I was informed by the tenant tht no drug was found at the property, but they have caused considerable damage to the flat.

                Where do i stand from a repairs point of view, surely i shoudn't be paying for the damage and someone has got to be responsible.
                Notify the block policy insurer at once and ask for guidance.
                Also copy that notification to the block's freehold reversioner and management company.
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                  #53
                  Police Forced Entry

                  Hi All,

                  My tenants just came back from their holiday and found the front door damaged and the lock changed.

                  I’ve got in touch with the local police and apparently the neighbours reported that there were lots of flies on the kitchen’s window and door and they thought someone might be hurt inside. The police came, forced the door open, checked the house and replaced the lock. The reason for the flies was that my tenants were being careless by leaving foods out on the kitchen table before they went on holiday.

                  The police has given me the new keys to the property. However, the door and frame are badly damaged and it’s very difficult to lock or open.

                  I’d like to know in this situation who should be responsible to pay for the damaged door? The police, the tenants or me? I have asked the police about this and they said that they’re reviewing the case but have not given me definite answer.

                  Lee

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                    #54
                    They will pretend to investigate, and then write a standard letter telling you that their officers were justified, and they won't pay a penny.
                    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                      #55
                      Could your insurers help? I seem to recall reading that they pay for repairs when emergency services force their way in.

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                        #56
                        Had a similar thing but with paramedics forcing the door. Insurance claim is the only way but obviously depends on your excess.
                        <a href="http://www.manchesterpropertygroup.co.uk/" target="_blank">Manchester letting agents</a>

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                          #57
                          Had immigration break in to my tenants flat (they were given chance to open door but didn`t). Police did basic door repair but I got door fixed properly and took cost off tenants deposit.

                          Can police at least give you a letter confirming reasons why they broke in? That way if you want to claim cost of repair from deposit you will have evidence to send when claiming.

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                            #58
                            Originally posted by rachel230 View Post
                            Had immigration break in to my tenants flat (they were given chance to open door but didn`t). Police did basic door repair but I got door fixed properly and took cost off tenants deposit.

                            Can police at least give you a letter confirming reasons why they broke in? That way if you want to claim cost of repair from deposit you will have evidence to send when claiming.

                            I've got a letter from the police to say that they will inform of the full facts once they have been established. They end the letter by saying that 'In the mean time, you may obtain quotes with regards to the damaged door'. Does this mean they will pay for it?

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by lee_tran@o2.co.uk View Post
                              I've got a letter from the police to say that they will inform of the full facts once they have been established. They end the letter by saying that 'In the mean time, you may obtain quotes with regards to the damaged door'. Does this mean they will pay for it?
                              An invitation to quote seems like it could be a precursor to their coughing up. Give it a try!
                              The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                                #60
                                Multiple threads on the same topic have been merged here

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