Giuliana Quadernucci

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 29th July 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 8

Giuliana Quadernucci

17:49 PM, 30th August 2015
About 6 years ago

Tenant Refused Deposit Back!

Reply to the comment left by "Derek Cornelius" at "30/08/2015 - 17:22":

Hi Derek

Thankfully this matter got resolved by the tenant abandoning the property owing me two months rent, I got off lightly if any of the other stories Ive heard are anything to go by. I did spend a lot of money on solicitors and it did revolve around getting the deposit back to the tenant. I wanted the tenant out as I wanted to sell which I did after she left and I had redecorated a second time, but it ended well for me, I'm not longer a landlord and if I become one again, I will be much more informed about taking on a tenant.

If you want some tips:

Thoroughly check references and include a reference from their previous landlord (I didn't in this case), seems my tenant moved on year on year probably because they caused trouble where they went!
Don't be friend with them as they take advantage. Keep it very professional.
Make sure you make regular visits, I didn't and I ended up being reported to the local authority as the place went mouldy!
Get bank account details from them when they sign up, I didn't and I had no way of getting the deposit back to them.
Make sure you protect the deposit, having it sitting in a bank account where the rent goes isn't sufficient.
If you are unsure of them, don't let them move in, its better to wait for the right tenant.

All I can add is good luck, this forum was helpful at the time, there is such a lot of ignorance in this area and it appears to me the tenant always holds the cards....but thats my experience, I'm sure others on here will feel different.

Ultimately if you get the unprotected deposit back to them then you can serve notice.... Read More

Giuliana Quadernucci

21:14 PM, 5th August 2013
About 8 years ago

Tenant Refused Deposit Back!

I'd like to thank everyone for their advice on this matter, a lot of it has been very helpful, others not so much and a bit scare mongering....

Just to advise that I have protected the deposit now and within a few hours of getting confirmation from the scheme I selected, my tenant asked me to put it towards the overdue rent - which clearly I can no longer do.

The tenant has also indicated that they will not pay the late payment fee which the statutory periodic tenancy allows (as I am using the last contract as the basis for the periodic). Clearly she's in the wrong.

She also wants it to move to a single tenancy, not a joint one with her husband, I'm also not going to do this either.

May well be back in future to keep you updated as perhaps my issue and how I am resolving it will help other 'dopey' landlords!... Read More

Giuliana Quadernucci

17:49 PM, 29th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Tenant Refused Deposit Back!

By the way appreciate the advice but is this too public and could it count against me?... Read More

Giuliana Quadernucci

17:48 PM, 29th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Tenant Refused Deposit Back!

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "29/07/2013 - 17:44":

I made an appointment for an inspection following the works being completed.

I could do the same but am sure they will refuse, currently they have accused me of intimidation and frightening them, so relations are poor and another inpection now is too soon.

Deposit and first months rent paid in cash. I never took any bank account details at the time of sign up only copies of passports.... Read More

Giuliana Quadernucci

17:41 PM, 29th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Tenant Refused Deposit Back!

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "29/07/2013 - 17:36":

Hi Mark

I did an inspection less than a month ago after carrying out some repairs, nothing going on.

So if I can't return the deposit because they would return it to me or protect the deposit, then what are my options for serving notice?... Read More