Charge Tenants for Time for Repairs?

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    Hi,
    My tenants have agreed that they caused damage to the property.

    They have suggested I do the repairs after they have moved out which they are due to do soon.

    Can I charge them for the time it takes for the repairs to be made?
    Eg if it takes 1 week to repair can I charge them 1 weeks rent?

    (Their deposit is secured under TDS with LA)

    Thanks as always for advice,
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  • #2
    I think this is unlikely to wash with the deposit protection scheme. Lost rent through voids, regardless of whether caused by tenant damage needing repairs, or just plain lack of tenants, is something landlords have to live with!

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    • #3
      See post #45 here: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...-deposit/page5

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      • #4
        You can charge them a reasonable hourly rate based on the type of work done and the skill required to do it. So cleaning can be charged at £9-15 per hour (depending on the local rate); skilled joinery work at £25 per hour.

        It's nothing to do with how much rent you are losing, as advised above.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        • #5
          Thanks to all for your kind responses

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          • #6
            Get a competent & honest tradesman to do the work, hey presto invoice, job done & you stay in the pub!!
            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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