Using grounds under Schedule 2 to the 1988 Act

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  • Cat Urine Smell
    Hi All, I am looking for some advise please. I've just rented a house and there is a very strong cat urine smell that is unbearable. The house stank when I viewed it but the previous tenant was still there at the time with the cats so I assumed the smell was coming from the litter box. I was informed...
    21-09-2019, 17:59 PM
  • Reply to Cat Urine Smell
    It might be a good idea to find out where exactly the cat pee is using a UV light. Then treat with bleach multiple times. There are cat urine eliminators out there but I have never found them effective. Eventually the smell will go but I thoroughly recommend the bleach method.

    22-09-2019, 12:10 PM
  • Finding new tenant
    Tenants are leaving so looking for new ones for a 2 bedroom flat.
    I usually use state agents and they found 2 single guys which I met last Friday. Both engineers, mid 20s with masters degree and working for the same reasonably medium size company who employ 700 people. Both pleasant...
    15-09-2019, 20:27 PM
  • Reply to Finding new tenant
    I am accepting them but having rent guarantee insurance in case plus as above 2 months inspections. I also asked the estate agent to add a condition where to ask me if they want to add any bulky furniture except study desks for each bedroom which they wanted me to supply but I refused.

    22-09-2019, 11:37 AM
  • Long time tenants , no TA
    Q1 – Where is the rented property located (England / Wales / Scotland / N Ireland)?
    Q2 – What type of Tenancy Agreement (TA) is this e.g. sole tenant / multiple tenant / room only?
    Q3 – What date did current TA start dd/mm/yy?
    Q4 – How long was initial fixed term (6/12/24 months...
    18-09-2019, 07:23 AM
  • Reply to Long time tenants , no TA
    There isn't (as far as I know) any accepted definition for someone moving out and back in.
    It would be (I think) something that would be decided on the facts of the specific issue.

    If your last tenancy agreement says that there is no deposit, I'd rely on that.
    You can always...
    22-09-2019, 11:15 AM
  • Reply to Cat Urine Smell
    Cat urine is a health hazard.
    Whether it's serious enough a hazard to make a property uninhabitable isn't something I know enough to comment on.

    On a practical level, the flooring and carpets need to be replaced.
    Bicarbonate of Soda will dry out the carpets and floor and kill...
    22-09-2019, 11:08 AM
  • Reply to Long time tenants , no TA
    What is the legally accepted definition of the tenants moving out of a property and cessation of previous TA ?
    Would it be written notice from the tenant giving date of leaving ?
    Or would T have to vacate the property for a certain amount of time ?
    How could I legally put an end to...
    22-09-2019, 11:02 AM
  • Reply to Cat Urine Smell
    If there is no health hazard, I would have thought it was lettable, but with significantly depressed market rent.
    22-09-2019, 10:59 AM
  • Reply to Cat Urine Smell
    Bicarbonate of soda is the way to deal with this as mentioned above - but if it has soaked through to the floorboard all floor coverings will need to be removed first & then replaced once the floorboards have been scrubbed.

    The smell, whilst unpleasant, is not a health hazard if the...
    22-09-2019, 10:45 AM