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    Lodgers damaged wooden floor

    Hi all.
    I am not sure what anything could be done,but I am writing this post mainly to let other landlord know what is going on,so they might learn something.
    I live in 3 bedroom terraced residential property which is mortgaged.
    I am living there for few years and always was trying to have lodgers in the order to help me with bills.
    For past few months I've noticed what floor wood in many places is getting loose and makes more noise.I live there for many years and didn't notice it before. I also noticed what my lodger when walking around making strong steps.Of course I can't tell them not to step on the floor so hard.But I also suspect that they might jump sometimes when I am away. I think they do it deliberately to damage the floor.
    Maybe someone heard of similar situation?
    Maybe someone know what might be the costs of repairing such damage? I don't think I can prove anything to them unless they break the floor one day and one of them will fall through the floor to the ground floor.
    As I wrote at the top I am writing this post mainly to inform landlords what can happen sometimes.
    Thanks.

    #2
    Do we take it you own the property & are the landlord?

    What does the lodger agreement state about damage? What is the check-in inventory & photos like for each lodger?

    How long are away when away - and living where/how?

    Floors, all varieties, do wear out & become defective: How would you prove which lodger did any particular damage?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      If you don't trust a lodger, you get rid of them.

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        #4
        1. They are "Rent a room scheme" lodgers,so I live with them in my residential property.
        2.Unfortunately I have only verbal agreement with them. So far as I know when renting rooms in own house verbal agreement is enough. I realise what writing proper agreement would be better,but now it's too late I think. I always had verbal agreements with lodgers and it was good enough. Next time I will do written agreement.
        3.I am usually away when I go to work for few hours,but they might jump on the floor while I am away and could pretend nothing happen when I came back.
        I put this post mainly to share my experience so other landlords could read and learn.I never heard about anything like this before.
        4.Also I agree what floors can wears out and became defective.I am renting rooms for almost 9 years and so far floors seem to be ok,just last few months or maybe 1 year or so it seem like they make more noise than usual.
        Maybe because carpet and underlay wear out more,I am not sure,but carpet looks more wear than before.
        I looked in internet about floor repair ways,and it seem not so complicated.
        One of them live there about 4 years and other almost 3 years.I think I also charge them too little. But it's due to rent a room scheme tax allowance.

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          #5
          I living with them more than 3 years.I will think of best time to give them a notice.
          Probably after 31/01 (after Brexit).
          Now is Christmas time and I can keep them for now.

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            #6
            Why would they be jumping on the floor? Floors are supposed to withstand jumping anyway. Are you sure there isnt another explanation for what's happening? Have you checked with a flooring expert? If you did and they said someone has been jumping on it then you would have the evidence you need to claim compensation from the lodger. If they said there is some other cause then you wouldnt need to make someone homeless because of a moment of paranoia about what they're getting up to while you're at work.

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              #7
              Ok. Thank you for advice. I am looking for someone who could have a look at the floors.

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                #8
                Maybe your floor is not as well laid as you thought and the extra '' traffic ' is causing it some issues, either way i would think it unlikely that a lodger would be trying to damage a floor he lives in by jumping or walking '' hard'', maybe lodgers are simply not for you.

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                  #9
                  I renting rooms in my house since 2011,and so far the floor was ok,just for past maybe 1 year I noticed what floor is getting loose.
                  This woman and other guy lives at mime 3 years. So it seems they did it.I gave them notice today and noticed straight away what she is putting even more effort to make heavy steps.
                  I wonder can I make them leave faster? I gave them notice till 1-2 of February as they paid till 1-2.
                  I also wonder will I be able to claim for floor damage?- probably no,what is why they doing so-because it's almost impossible to proof.
                  So I will have to wait next 3 weeks watching them braking the floors and after starting to fix it.
                  p.s.by the way maybe you guys know someone who can give me quotation on fixing the floors please?

                  p.s, house is terraced house build in 1955.Floor seem to be originally from 1955 so weird what it's suddenly starting to have problems after all these years I am afraid I can only watch them leaving and maybe refrain from taking other lodgers and just get extra hours at work instead.
                  by the way this can happen to people renting whole houses.

                  I hope this post will help other landlords in some way.Maybe it will at least teach them of extra potential hazard of renting something.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jamescat View Post
                    house is terraced house build in 1955.Floor seem to be originally from 1955 so weird what it's suddenly starting to have problems after all these years(
                    Check the floor for wood worm.

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                      #11
                      Also check for dry rot.

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                        #12
                        p.s.by the way please don't try to make me feel guilty. I am the victim here.I am trying to make some extra cash by offering people good accommodation. I am not forcing anyone to live at my place and with me. So if someone is not happy with me,my cat or anything else they can leave anytime. I am not making anyone homeless. They can rent anytime anywhere,but I will have to coop with all eventual damages,tear and wear and other.And also when they leave I will still have to pay my bills and not getting any income from them when they leave.Being a landlord is not only collecting money.

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                          #13
                          Here are pictures I managed to take in the corner of one of the rooms at the door,I will have a good look at the rest of the floor after they will go and I will move furniture to different room.I was also thinking to add extra joist connectors or how it calls. And maybe extra joists. If I am going there I can try to make it stronger for future. Also I want to add soundproof wool,or it's better to keep this gap free to keep airflow?

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                            #14
                            You are the Property owner and liable to maintain it as per any other owner-occupier. The Rent a Room Allowance would barely compensate you for losing your 25% Tax Rebate for sole occupancy, but it can help if 2 losgers are paying rent.
                            Do you have an Accountant for advice, as I guessing English is not your native language?

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                              #15
                              Maybe anyone have and idea how much it would cost to replace joists in terraced house?
                              I just would like to know just in case.
                              Thanks for all info guys.

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