8:18 AM, 27th January 2014, About 10 years ago 20
A tenant has left a property with damage worth more than the deposit held, as well as owing one month’s rent and, by breaking the lease without notice, defaulting on the remaining three months of the lease. The tenant was originally supplied and vetted by a reputable letting agent and we paid the usual professional fees for referencing etc.
Only AFTER the payment of the first month rent did we discover that we had unknowingly taken on a DSS benefits tenant. We would never have agreed to a DSS tenant had we known, as the vast majority of people commenting other threads on here at the moment would seem to agree.
We took the satisfactory referencing at face value from the agent.
Now, we find ourselves done over – the tenant is refusing to pay, the council is refusing to take any action.
Do we have recourse against the agent for failing to inform us properly regarding the status of the tenant?