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    My first tenant has left - deposit deductions

    My first tenant has checked out and I wonder if anyone can cast any light on which of the items below may be charged for. I'd prefer to charge them nothing, but there is additional work to do:

    1. Cleaning: Oven, fridge, washing machine, sinks, toilets all need a good clean. They are so-so, but cannot be handed over to another tenant in their current state. Their condition is worse than at check-in. Do I have to get external cleaners in and pass on an invoice, or, do it myself and charge per hour? I'm not looking to make a proft here, but just to get everything clean.

    2. Damage: They have chipped (5mm) the bathroom sink. The sink is two years old. What's the procedure here? I understand that I cannot charge them to replace it as it still works and the damage is cosmetic..

    3. Garden: It's very overgrown and will take me 1.5-2 days to restore it. I'd prefer to do this, rather than getting agardener in.

    4. Missing items: a couple of low value (£10) items are missing. Do I charge them just the replacement cost, or replacement+my time, or would you just cover the cost and ignore?

    I have a full inventory and these items have been highlighted in the check-out (at which they were not present, do to logisitics).

    Many thanks

    Orson

    #2
    Get quotes from cleaners and gardeners and get them to do the work. Minimal effort from you, tenant see the proper cost rather than you proportioning for your time, would you declare the income from your 'work'?

    It's not your money being spent it's the T's why would you want to personally clean an oven?
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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      #3
      Thanks for making me 'see the light'. Any idea about item 2? Obtain quotes for fixing?

      What would be the response if the tenant had chopped something down in the garden that took 16 years to grow and was very difficult to replace/reproduce?

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        #4
        While the tenant is living there, its their property and they can garden as they wish.
        If you want to preserve something specific write it in to the tenancy agreement (make it a negative condition - The tenant agrees not to cut down the apple tree next to the greenhouse - not positive The tenant agrees to properly look after the apple tree next to the greenhouse).

        You would expect a sink to last 10 years (I have no idea) so you can only charge them for the proportion that they denied you.
        A chipped sink is probably a problem for your next tenant and they'll ask you to replace / fix it.

        I don't have a clue how to fix a chip in a sink.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          Orson67,

          Is it your old house or a house you bought specifically for letting out? If it's the former I would have paid a gardener to do the gardening if it was something that I wanted cherished by a stranger as I would have cherished it myself and expressly forbidden them from doing anything like that to the garden. You can't do alot after the event if you didn't stipulate what you wanted to happen to 'their' garden. If it's the latter then although the garden is 'nice' how often are you going to be sitting in it/using it/looking at whats there?

          As for item number 2, I think a small charge is in order but as you say difficult to charge them for a brand new sink.
          "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

          What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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            #6
            Thanks.

            The tenant has gone. They didn't do any gardening apart from chopping down something and cutting the grass. Everything else was left to grow wild.

            Sink - it's a small chip. There are people who attempts repairs but the price is not dissimilar to replacing it I would imagine. Not sure if a small chip warrants replacement though.

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              #7
              Wannadonnadoodah,

              It's our old house. The tenancy agreement states:

              "Where any Garden, Driveways, Pathways, Lawns, Hedges and Rockeries are included in the Tenancy, the Tenant agrees to keep them clean and tidy, properly cultivated and free from weeds and to keep any grass regularly mown, and trees and shrubs pruned and not to be cut down or removed. Furthermore, the Tenant agrees not to alter the layout of any Garden, Driveways, Pathways, Lawns, Hedges and Rockeries without the Landlord’s prior written consent."

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                #8
                if the sink is not too new, i'd be tempted to get a new sink fitted and charge a reasonable fee for damage. what is reasonable im not sure.

                however, the problem with replacing things, is that it usually leads to a cascade of fixing. for example your new sink wont be the same and there'll be different holes needed in your nicely tiled wall. so then you think of replacing some of the tiling, except that never works without replacing the whole wall. Then there are the other things on the wall. etc. then there's the plumbing changes....

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