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    Carpet burn

    Over the last three months I have been engaged in a spat with my tenants, they have been working from home and the women put her company laptop on the carpet charging, well the charger over heated and put a large burn on the carpet along with destroying the laptop.
    She has said she will not pay for the damage as it wasn't her laptop, well I did explain my thoughts.
    She has now proved the laptop did not have a PAT and thus she is not liable the company is.
    I am going around in circles and is there any thoughts, I know she is ultimately responsible and she should sue the company after paying me, but her solicitor is being a total k**b

    #2
    Tenants always burn carpets. I have come to expect it and make allowance for new carpets about 3 times as often as I need them at home.

    Forget it, IIWY.

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      #3
      I don't understand why this is an issue.

      There's no need to deal with this during the tenancy unless the tenant is demanding a repair to the carpet.
      Wait until the tenancy ends and deduct the appropriate amount from the deposit.

      The tenant has possession of the property and is responsible for damage that happens during the tenancy.
      It doesn't matter who's fault it is.
      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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        #4
        Quite. If she stays 15 years, who cares. If leaves soon handle through dispute scheme. No point having unnecessary arguments now, p#ing her off, for 3 months! you've got the inventory and photos showing immaculate carpet... (Yes?)

        Tenants do not require PATs for their kit (unless that's an unenforceable condition in your tenancy - is it?)

        The 2 door away neighbour of one of my Highland properties was talking with me about 1 door away neighbour who did B&B sometimes. She advised me Mrs B&B did "extras", and had complained to her on occasion of carpet-burns (on her person).
        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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          #5
          Any dispute about who should ultimately foot the bill is between her and the company. She has to pay you and you would be entitled to claim against her deposit or ask her for the money now. I'd ask for it now in the circumstances.

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            #6
            Hi, thats what I told her but will she listen, no!

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              #7
              How much are you claiming for if she has engaaged a solicitor?

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                #8
                The solicitor is family friend and all I am claiming for is £120 fitting and removal and £190 for carpet after paying £290 a 8months ago, which I think is fair. I will keep all paperwork and a sect 21 will be in the post and go through the TDS
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                  #9
                  You can't charge replacement costs, only the current undamaged value, which is a depreciation of the original price allowing for fair wear and tear and based on the expected life of the carpet in a rented property.

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                    #10
                    Unless the charger is made of some metal which almost nobody should have, a plastic charger in worst case can be melted down and leave stains on carpet instead burning it. In above drama, a carpet can only burn if the charger might have picked fire due to faulty electricity supply which may even become your liability.

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                      #11
                      A family member had a genuine phone charger and it catch fire. These things do happen. Just be glad the house did n't catch fire.

                      The manufacturer of the laptop should be notified. Product recall? It could be anything. These things contain Lithium batteries. Remember the famous Samsung Note 7 which caught fire.

                      If your tenant is blaming her company, when why have n't they paid for the damage to the carpet?

                      When it comes to renewal, just put up the rent to cover it.

                      Wait until the end of the tenancy and if you have to try the deposit scheme....

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                        #12
                        As others have said, why do anything until she leaves? If she is demanding a new carpet let her claim on her tenants insurance otherwise do nothing until you get the property back.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                          As others have said, why do anything until she leaves? If she is demanding a new carpet let her claim on her tenants insurance otherwise do nothing until you get the property back.
                          Indeed, you now know that there is damage to the carpet and you won't be fooled by the 'rearranged furniture over the burn mark' trick!

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                            #14
                            I agree with jpkeates #3. She caused it so let her live with it.

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                              #15
                              I was too lazy to get the ironing board out and ironed a shirt on the carpet. That was expensive . . . it was my carpet. I was very young at the time but old enough to know better 🤣.

                              Agree with a ove, her problem not yours. Leave it and deduct out of the deposit at the end. Tough if she complains about living with a burnt carpet.

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