Hi newbie here, be gentle please!!
Summary - tenants in situ since Dec 2010, rent paid on time until October this year. I am letting via an agency.
Tenants claim back bedroom is unusable due to damp
I dispute this as I have had a survey carried out which states that there is no damp in the property (checked with a damp meter) - suspect any 'damp' is caused by condensation and I have provided a dehumifier to help with this as it is a first floor flat with no outside space to dry clothes)
Property is on the market and I have a buyer - purchase is proceeding
S21 notice has been served (hand delivered through letterbox (not shared with any other party) with witness) on the tenants in order to obtain possession before exchange of contracts - no response received
Last rent received was October 2012
Tenants are not returning emails or calls from either agent or myself.
What should be my next steps? have emailed and phoned requesting a meeting to discuss any issues they may have - no response. Am considering hand delivering a letter reminding them that they are breaking the terms of the tenancy agreement by not paying their rent, and even possibly offering a reduced rent for the outstanding amount if paid by a certain date (eg one week from letter). Should I go down the S8 route? although I am worried this may entrench them further and they don't leave on the date that the S21 states.
Grateful for the advice of the experts out there!