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    Tenants have not paid final months rent


    I am a private landlord in Scotland with minimal experience of letting and thus use a letting agency to manage all aspects of my property.

    The tenants who have been in my property for 12 months have given correct notice and are due to move out tomorrow (17th August). The agency I use sent me a letter dated 13th August advising me that the tenants are in arrears and are being pursued for recovery of my funds; the tenants would normally pay by direct debit on the 1st of the month, with this being paid to me around 15th / 16th of the month.

    My concern is two fold - the tenants are due to leave tomorrow (a Sunday) and have not paid their rent for the last month. Clearly my agents hold a deposit, but if they have damaged the property and I only have one months rent then I will be out of pocket for reinstating my property to its original condition. How easy is it to pursue tenants for arrears, and will my agency be liable for doing so?

    Secondly, the agency I use has taken 13 days to advise me that there are arrears in respect of my property. Had they advised me earlier I could have ensured that appropriate action was taken whilst the tenants were in the property. Should there be damage and I am out of pocket as the deposit only covers the final months rent, is there scope for pursuing the letting agency?

    Many thanks

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