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    Tread Carefully

    Not amused!

    Been to property to get CP12 issued and tenants requested new carpets. Carpets are little over a year old (new downstairs at start of tenancy).

    Carpets are stained and have burn marks in them which they have caused. They have also placed carpet offcut over the kitchen vinyl (to hide burn marks) and this too has burn marks.

    They tell me there is a legal requirement to change the carpet annually. I politely tell them this is bollox. I then recalled my carpet fitter saying that after a period of time tenants can request a new carpet (to drum up trade?). Cannot find any ruling/web reference to this. Any ideas?

    They cannot understand how the carpets are getting dirty as they are muslim and go about bare-foot.

    There is black mould in the kitchen which they refuse to remove with bleach because of the smell.

    The garden gate pillars have cracked brick work on either side due to gate not been latched and being flung open. (Gate temporarily removed)

    There is pen/crayon on all the newly-decorated walls, woodwork and UPVC and curtains.

    The garden is overgrown and the house is dirty and smelly.

    I'm stuck with these tenants as they part HB and awaiting council house. They've just moved up the priority band C to B as a "benefits baby" has arrived. Only option is S21 with costs which I'm unlikely to recover. So, do I risk further damage to the house in the hope and await the offer of the council house or act now and swallow the cost? Catch 22?

    #2
    Not catch 22 at all.

    Get rid of them, issue a S21 and follow the guidelines.

    Do not use the carpet fitter again.

    They must contribute 90% of costs of replacement of carpets and IMO 100% of costs of deliberate damage. (crayon on walls is not an accident)
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      There's no legal requirement to change the carpet annually.
      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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        #4
        jta,

        Never believed the carpet fitter, but interested to know where the tenants got that information?

        Crayon damage/indelible felt tip etc. was done by children. Why did you think it deliberate?

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          #5
          I hold parents liable for the damage their children cause. Why do you want to pay for it yourself?
          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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            #6
            Quite simply I don't. Just thought you mean the parents had deliberately let their children crayon on the walls?

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              #7
              If your inventory & photos are OK your deposit should be yours, I'd be tempted to then SCC.

              Were I to have a tenant like this they'd not get a reference.
              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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                #8
                theartfullodger,

                What does SCC stand for?

                Tenants are pleasant and pay the rent on time. Risk is they kick off over S21 and I'm unable to recoup court fees. Maybe increase the rent and hope the offering of a state-funded home is not far away. Whilst I intend to claim for the damage, its done now.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jta View Post
                  I hold parents liable for the damage their children cause. Why do you want to pay for it yourself?
                  All children, at some time Mark the walls, with crayon, or peel off wall paper despite the fact that their parents, have told them that it is wrong. My kids have done it in the house we live in, and guess what ? I got the magnolia out and painted over it, or I spent 3 days decorating with new wall paper. And my wife used her special mind altering voice to make them feel very bad about it. (You know that voice ? the firm, quiet, disappointed, but slightly scarey one ? All "decent" mothers have i), If I were renting the house, I would tell the landlord about my naughty children, and get him to agree to me putting it right.

                  I am hoping my tenants who have children will find the magnolia walls easy enough to freshen up. I have enough magnolia if they need it, to do the whole house.

                  SCC = Small Claims Court ?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by John Duff View Post
                    Tenants are pleasant and pay the rent on time.

                    Whilst I intend to claim for the damage, its done now.
                    Would the cost of carpets and other flooring be more or less than 2 months rent? I'm thinking that If I could avoid a void of a month, I would rather take 50% of the flooring costs after arbitration by DPS sometime in the distant future.

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                      #11
                      I am loving the idea that a Tenant can demand carpets are changed annually.

                      Laminate next time, then.

                      Just a thought... maybe they meant they should be cleaned annually? If so, get them doing that! Cheeky.

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                        #12
                        How did they manage to burn the carpets? Are they lighting fires indoors?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Hippogriff View Post
                          I am loving the idea that a Tenant can demand carpets are changed annually.

                          Laminate next time, then.

                          Just a thought... maybe they meant they should be cleaned annually? If so, get them doing that! Cheeky.
                          I wouldn't joke! Had a prospect phone me a couple of years ago (another bare-footer) who, when asked the reason for leaving his current rental, stated that the landlord wouldn't replace the dirty carpet with laminate when requested!

                          My concern is that the council will not rehouse these people (in a poss B&B) until I go all the way down the eviction process. I could be further out of pocket (no rent, unpaid court fees and retaliatory "issues"). After all that I've then got a consequential loss of rent whilst the said damages are sorted!

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                            #14
                            I have 1 LHA Tenant. I won't do business with any more. I learned.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                              How did they manage to burn the carpets? Are they lighting fires indoors?
                              God only knows. I've had tenants use a table top ironing board on the floor causing iron burns and candles placed on carpet, fag burns etc. in the past.

                              This looks more like "searing" than burns. Guess it's some sort of hot fat-based foreign cuisine.

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