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    Minimum time to allow tenant to complete repairs

    Hi, this is my first post so hopefully i do this correctly.

    My tenant is moving out soon and there are a number of repairs which they have agreed are their responsibility. I'm happy to do the repairs myself and only charge for materials or where i need to get a tradesman in to do things that i can't. However, do i need to allow the outgoing tenant the opportunity to do/arrange the repairs themselves and how long do I need to allow them to do the repairs.

    I should also add none of the repairs will prevent me reletting the property.

    #2
    Until the tenancy is ended (who has served what notices on whom please????) you are unable to be certain what damages you might wish to claim for. So afaik you simply give them until...
    a) they have left before end of fixed term, to end of fixed term..
    b) they have left before expiry of their valid NTQ, to that expiry date...
    c) after they have been evicted by bailiffs/HCEO.
    d) Until "deed of surrender" signed (ah, but what would the deed say about repairs needing doing.....).

    You then claim for damages and/or sue through SCC.
    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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      #3
      The Tenant must be allowed to return the property back to you in the state they let it - minus fair wear and tear.

      The time you must allow is until the time the tenancy ends. You don't want them coming back afterwards (had this offer once, rejected it as politely as I could) and you can't accelerate them doing it prior to the tenancy ending, their choice what to do and what to ignore and accept a deposit deduction for.

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        #4
        It's better for the tenant to do/arrange the repairs than for the landlord to do them themselves / via a tradesman.
        The landlord is only entitled to compensation for the loss in value of their property, where this way the tenant bears the actual repair cost.
        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
          That's an interesting point JPK. However... have you ever known a tenant to make a good job of repairing something he's broken? I certainly haven't.
          To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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            #6
            I offered and offered for weeks to replace and hang a bedroom door that my last tenants 'accidently' snapped in half. They kept refusing saying their dad was doing it. Come move out day and no door had been fitted. 'What happens now?' they asked, I phone someone to do it, save me any hassle and keep it from the deposit. There was no argument from the T's.
            "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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              #7
              Originally posted by JK0 View Post
              That's an interesting point JPK. However... have you ever known a tenant to make a good job of repairing something he's broken? I certainly haven't.
              I've just had someone "fix" some marks on the walls with a nice silk finish paint.
              Shame the walls were matt.
              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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                #8
                I just had the same, with eggshell. It took me a while, standing at different angles, moving my head, trying to catch the right light, to find out where she'd been and correct it all.

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