Claiming for loss of rent due to time taken to reconstruct flat?

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    Claiming for loss of rent due to time taken to reconstruct flat?

    Does anyone have any thoughts on whether one can legitimately claim from an outgoing tenant, the loss of rent caused by the time spent in putting a flat back together due to the state that it was left in?

    I had a new tenant due to move in and I allowed a week to get wear and tear items sorted. However the flat is in such a state that it is going to take longer and my new tenant has to wait before moving in and I miss a week or so of rent in the meantime.

    Does anyone have any experience about or thoughts on this please?


    #2
    Loss of rent is a consequential loss and is not normally a loss recoverable under a rental contract.
    Of course, it's quite possible the tenant won't know that and would expect a claim.

    The problem is that when they made and/or broke the terms of the contract the tenant wasn't aware that you would let the property with only a week's gap, and therefore could not have known about that "special circumstance".
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      As above -- you have no particular rights to recover your losses. You should be charging higher rents to take these sorts of unrecoverable losses caused by tenants into account. And select tenants more carefully in future.

      You could, next time, speed up the void-period by employing cleaners, removers etc -- which might be recoverable via the deposit or court.

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