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    I have one flat in Scotland. In 2011 I rented it on a short assured lease to a single woman. She stayed there until last week. I last visited in july 2017 and told her to clean the place which looked filthy but otherwise intact. Her rent was late this month and i contacted her, i received a garbled text in response saying she was leaving and i could have a vacant flat, i replied saying hold on, let's talk about it sort of thing, no reply. I had already arranged to visit for an inspection two days later, no reply so I let myself in. She'd gone, the place was trashed and there was rubbish and filth everywhere, wallpaper was ripped from the wall and great gouges out of the plaster. She'd obviously had a Dog (not permitted in lease) which had chewed the furniture , door frames etc, there was food lying around and evidence of mice. Also some posessions, nothing of value. Ive texted and emailed, no reply. I took photos and told her i'd send them to her father and ask him to pay for the damage (He was not a guarantor). I know where she works. Can anyone advise, she owes £700 rent and the damage must be £1000s. Ive claimed the full deposit. Where do i go from here?

    #2
    Welcome to being a landlord. Be thankful this did not happen within 6 months. Forget it and move on.

    FTA: Sue for the rent, but forget about the repairs.

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      #3
      Where you go from here depends on her situation. If she hasnt got a pot to p in then despite court action making her 'pay' she won't be able to so seems a bit pointless. If she does have money then you can pursue a claim against her, there are lots of companies who can find people for you, finder monkey being one, but you have to give them time to bed in somewhere first.
      "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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        #4
        Always take small claims action (use such address as you have, maybe property) if only to ensure they get CCJ and any landlord will be forewarned if they have half a brain & get credit check run.
        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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          #5
          You " told her to clean the place which looked filthy"?
          That's not something you are able to do - it may very well have contributed to her poor view of you and your property.

          You can attempt to recover your losses from her and, almost certainly, destroy her credit history or attach her earnings if she doesn't/can't pay.
          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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            #6
            Apologies: As Scotland, Sheriff Court Decree, not CCJ
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              You " told her to clean the place which looked filthy"?
              That's not something you are able to do - it may very well have contributed to her poor view of you and your property.
              I agree it may be unwise to make such a comment but if one of my tenants were living in filth I'd have no qualms but to tell them to clean it up.

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                #8
                Yeah, mustn't offend filthy tenants, must we?(sarc)

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                  #9
                  Thanks to all, will see how I feel in a few weeks, also see if i get anything from the father. Re telling her to clean the place, had she actually paid me any attention and done so perhaps there would not be an infestation of mice today for me to deal with. I've been good to her and tried to be a responsible landlord, I thought there was a degree of mutual respect, silly me.

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                    #10
                    Just be glad she left and didn't take ages and make you take her to court.
                    Live and learn

                    Just make sure you have the property up to standard - by now you should have had mains interlinked smoke detectors and a full electrical check. If you don't you need one

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