Property repairs required following inspection (I am landlord)

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    Property repairs required following inspection (I am landlord)

    Hello all, first post from a fairly new landlord

    I've completed the recommended property inspection and there are a few items damaged by the tenant that I would like repaired and I want to make sure I go about the process correctly and do not potentially damage the relationship with an otherwise good tenant.

    The damage has been done by the son so things like curtain rails / blinds pulled off wall and repair not properly carried out, toilet damaged and external garden wall light pulled off wall due to them hanging the washing line from it, lol

    I guess my question is around how I present this to them ( I have pictures) as I'm not sure if they have to do the repairs within a certain time frame etc

    I thought I would produce a document with the pics and basically a bit for them to sign and agree the damage as being there's and they take responsibility for the repairs etc but not sure if there is a legally specific document for this etc

    Thank you in advance for any help / guidance you can provide.

    Regards,

    Darren L

    #2
    Depends how you want to play this.

    Essentially, they don't have to do anything at all until they leave.
    They have to return the property to you in the same state they took it, less fair wear and tear.
    You can claim compensation for any fall in value as a consequence of them not fixing / failing to maintain the property.
    Your tenancy agreement may have other agreements - like a standard of cleaning.

    You can point out what you have found and highlight that, were things to be in this state when they left the property, these are things that you would require compensation for.
    You can offer to get them repaired and recharge the cost to them (but they don't have to agree).
    You can ask them to repair things (but they don't have to agree).
    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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      #3
      Never let tenants do repairs - - - Ever.

      Are your tenants qualified electicians ( for the lights )
      Are your tenants qualified builders for resecuring lights / curtain rails that will need holes filling in, properly, new holes possibly drilled, the correct size with the correct size Rawl plugs and screws.

      Even if they do the repairs, you can't be sure it's been done correctly, and for example, the light falls off again because they only used Blue tac, and electricutes someone or your next tenant whose family sues your arse off and you lose your home to pay for the damages to life and limb ?

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        #4
        I would be inclined to do nothing and just make a note for when they leave.
        Then either do it yourself if you are capable or use trade persons to do the jobs for you.
        If you/someone you employ, put the light back, it may get pulled off again and someone may get hurt and blame you.
        Curious if the "good" tenant had informed you of these problems before your inspection?
        Another long suffering LandLord

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          #5
          Unless any of the repairs are as covered by LL&T 1985 S11..
          http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1985/70/section/11

          - I'd do nothing, as above, but document in a calm & polite letter (keep copy) noting the issues the tenant should fix before leaving. Serve s21 2 days later
          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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