Hello. I am new on this forum and hoping someone can offer some help. To
cut a long story short, out tenants abandoned our property end of Nov
without advising us. We noticed that months rent had not been paid so tried
to contact them. They ignored us. We then contacted our solicitor who tried a
number of letters and calls and finally got hold of them at the end of
January. The tenant had said they left at the end of Nov. At this time wehad also issued them with a Section 8 notice for various breaches in the contract.
We gained entry and there was damage to the property, some stolen items and they had left some of their furniture too. As we stupidly didn't do an inventory as they were in such a hurry to move in - our solicitor says its their word against ours. However the 6 month fixed contract states we can use the deposit to pay for any arrears/damage.
The tenant continually tries to request the whole deposit back from the
DPS and we keep rejecting it. We are stuck in a loop and going know where!
We have been advised to get a court order to say the deposit should be returned to us to cover arrears. Is this the right way forward? We are
gutted that we may not get anything back as the deposit is £700 and the rent arrears is £2800.
The tenant has gone into hiding and only replies via email to the solicitor. He denies any damage and not commenting on the arrears at all!
Thanks in advance for any advice.