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    Housing Disrepair Protocol?

    I have just received a letter from my tenant's 'no win, no fee' solicitors who are using the Housing Disrepair Protocol.

    On 5th July the letting carried out a routine inspection of the property and this report only stated - 'all rooms showing damp black mould'. However I receive a mail from the agent containing a mail from the EHO requesting work to be carried out within 21 days and a warning of an abatement notice, although not actually served.

    I authorised the agent to send in a contractor to carry out a survey and quote for works - 13th July. The contractor visited my property on Wednesday 18th July, to find the tenant had gone on holiday for the next 2 weeks and wouldn't grant permission to enter the property in their absence. On their return 2 contractors carried out a survey - 1 of which is starting work on Moday 3rd September.

    The tenants were issued with a section 21 on 25th July as I would like my property back, I believe they have not looked after my property adequately, its an old terraced house which will get condensation if not adequately heated or ventilated. Furthermore the tenant has made no effort to wipe the condensation and mould from affected surfaces.

    They have now instructed a solicitor, they are seeking compensation to damage to personal possessions, details yet to be provided. The letter has also stated that access will be provided on Friday's and after 1800hrs.

    I have made every attempt to address the matter prior to receiving this letter, and it seems things have progressed rapidly over a short period of time from damp patches to claiming compensation.

    Is this unreasonable behaviour by the tenant, should the letting agent be to blame in some way, not having indicated the apparent seriousness of the situation?

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    Originally posted by SalWags View Post
    I believe they have not looked after my property adequately, its an old terraced house which will get condensation if not adequately heated or ventilated. Furthermore the tenant has made no effort to wipe the condensation and mould from affected surfaces.
    You got a damp specialist in. What did they say?
    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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