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keithbanks
11-04-2010, 16:11 PM
Our tenants agreement comes to an end on the 14th of this month they have moved everything out of the house early , the check out has been arranged for 10am on the 14th. The house has cardboard at the windows downstairs and it appears the house has not been put back into good order and not been cleaned also a car has been left in one of the two spaces for the house if this is not removed what are our options . Can we then take posession of the car,can we have it be towed away or sell it , must we find out who the registered keeper is and do we have to give them any warning letters first.
can all of this be taken out of the deposit.

Snorkerz
11-04-2010, 18:05 PM
Here is the info on abandoned tenants goods - which would include the car: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/uncollected_goods.htm

The cost of removing the car etc would only be recoverable from the deposit if the tenancy agreement makes provision for this.

With regard to cleaning and damages, once you regain possession of the property, you need to assess the cost of damage and cleaning. Providing you have an opening inventory showing the place to be clean at the start of the tenancy, you should be able to reclaim the cost of cleaning from the deposit.

With regard to damage, it is a little more complex as you have to factor in 'fair wear and tear' - which is the landlords responsibility.

For example: If a carpet is damaged beyond economical repair, the tenant is only responsible for the value of the carpet they have damaged. So, a 'Carpetright' rental special might have an expected life of 5 years. If it was one year old when T moved in, and T has been with you for 2 years, then landlord has only lost 2 years worth of carpet - so T would be responsible for 2/5ths of the replacement cost of comparable carpet, providing you can prove it's condition at the start of the tenancy.

All the above is on the basis that the tenants deposit, if protectable, is protected.

westminster
11-04-2010, 18:07 PM
See http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/uncollected_goods.htm

Did T tell you they were leaving?

northlondoner
11-04-2010, 22:33 PM
They could have moved to the new place, but be intending to return to clean it before the checkout... Rather than moving and cleaning in one day. Their car is still there, their moving out day is 14th shouldn't you wait till then to panic. And why are you entering thf property?

Snorkerz
11-04-2010, 22:44 PM
They could have moved to the new place, but be intending to return to clean it before the checkout... Rather than moving and cleaning in one day. Their car is still there, their moving out day is 14th shouldn't you wait till then to panic. And why are you entering thf property?

While I agree there is no urgency, OP did not state he had entered the property - he simply stated there was card at the windows and a car left behind.

northlondoner
11-04-2010, 22:51 PM
Sorry, I saw the op say the house wasn't in good order or cleaned and thought they'd been in

keithbanks
12-04-2010, 10:23 AM
Thanks all for the replys they also left the wheelie out from last wednesday aso we took it to the back of the property which is how we know about vast quantities of rubbish there.
the house and carpets were virtualy brand new and were new when our first tenant moved in as it was bought of plan as a new build these are our second tenants .we also made sure that we got a full inventory done before this lot moved in she has become the licencee of a pub with accommodation above it hence the early move.we are just trying to get ahead of the game as the car is not taxed etc.and we like to know what we are up against before the mess hits the fan so to speak it seems tenants always have a new angle to cause landlords trouble .

Telometer
12-04-2010, 11:04 AM
Re the car, see if you can get them to sign its ownership over to you, and that makes disposal easier. Many councils dispose of cars for free; you might even get some money for it from a scrap merchant. Best of all, put it on eBay which will almost definitely generate you money.

The reality is this is going to cost you money. Best bet is to get out there, spend the money asap and get the place rented out again as quickly as possible - lost rent will cost you more than fussing over the odd few pounds in an argument with the tenant.