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    I have given my tenant a Section 8 notice to leave my property due to the non-payment of rent and the fact that he is housing pets at the property. The deadline is 12April and I have a feeling he will not move out.

    The following week I am having a new kitchen installed by my insurance company, because of a flood caused by the tenant's cat which turned a tap on while he was away causing a major flood.

    I am fully aware that I cannot physically evict him, but I have given proper notice and he is aware of the kitchen work and start date.

    My question is - can the kitchen installation go ahead even if the tenant has not moved out? Obviously it means the property is effectively unhabitable for a week or so. Would it be illegal to alllow the work to be done?

    When the property was drying out the insurance company paid for the rent and the tenant moved out. Now that he is in possession of a Section 8 I imagine the insurance company is no longer liable...
    Many thanks

    #2
    I wouldn't put a new kitchen in for a tenant I am evicting. He may find some spiteful way of sabotaging or damaging it that you won't find out until he is gone.

    Off the top of my head, I can think of:

    1.) Putting fish behind kickboards
    2.) Drilling a small hole in a waste pipe or sink
    3.) Stealing a handle or some part that will be difficult/impossible to source

    Put the new kitchen in when the guy has gone.

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      #3
      Originally posted by jamesknight0 View Post
      Put the new kitchen in when the guy has gone.
      Agreed.
      Especially that the tenant may refuse access and that as you mention that the property will be unhabitable during the work you will have to re-house the tenant.

      I have given my tenant a Section 8 notice to leave my property due to the non-payment of rent and the fact that he is housing pets at the property.
      What grounds did you use? How much rent is owed?

      There's no way you'll get possession because the tenant has a cat...

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