I wonder if any of you could shed some light on my situation... here is the background story (this may take a while)...
I had a tenant who was signed on a 12 month contract, about 3 weeks ago the tenant informed my estate agent that he had been made redundant and wanted out of the contract. We asked him firstly to provide evidence of his redundancy - we never received this. The contract states that tenants should provide 2 months notice. I said that I would release him from the contract ONLY when I had secured a new tenant - he agreed to this.
Last Thursday I received a phone call from my estate agent informing me that the tenant had posted the keys and a letter to the estate agent stating that he was unable to afford to live there any longer and please see this as cancellation of the contract. The tenant also agreed to sign over the £600 bond to me. My estate agent asked me to go over to the property to have a quick check over to see if the flat was in order.
When I arrived at the property I noticed that the flat had been completely stripped bare of all the included items. Anything that could be moved had been removed from the property (kettle, toaster, hoover etc). I had a full inventory done on the flat (pictures etc) which the tenant had previously agreed to. Not only had all the items belonging to the property been removed but the property was also damaged - there was a hole in the door, a light socket hanging out of the ceiling and the leather bed frame had been scratched all over - I have now discovered that the tenant had a cat in the flat.
I informed my estate agent ASAP who contacted the tenant to ask him about my missing items/ damage to the property. I have had a check out inventory done which has highlighted all missing/ damaged items. The tenant is not being co-operative and is not accepting any responsibility for the damage/ missing items.
The tenant owed me rent for May to the sum of £500 (which I have taken out of the bond) so I am left with £100 to cover damages/ missing items...
What should I do next? Is it worth filing a police report?
Sorry for the essay! Would be grateful for your thoughts/ comments. This is my first experience of letting out a property :-/