13:02 PM, 28th April 2014, About 7 years ago 15
Hi- I think I know the answer to this but it is nice to get a few other opinions.
I have a tenant who had been late in paying their rent. I found out that one of the tenants had started their own business and I suggested to help cash flow to pay weekly, which they did but then started missing weekly rental payments as well, meaning I would call round at least twice a month to chase.
Around Christmas 2013 I went to round to give a reminder to them that rent was late and not been paid. I was shown that the bathroom had a few tiles come lose which I said would be sorted and has. The house is in good order both decorating and flooring wise.
The kitchen and bathroom are ok and well above the standard I have seen in some tenanted properties. I said after a while that if they kept up with their rent and made payments on time I would look at having the bathroom refurbished. I got a quote and arranged for it to start but as you can guess payments were not meet as scheduled.
Any way after having to put off the contractor a few times, which he was good about and understood, they started to get payments on time and on 8th April I sent a text to say that they could pay weekly but from the end of April it had to go back to monthly payments in full and if they kept to the agreement the bathroom would be done starting 21st April – they did not keep up with payments and now say they won’t pay until the bathroom is done, there is a term in the AST saying they cannot set –off.
I know this is a breach and have made it clear that I will serve notice to quit and if they are not out by the due date it will be an illegal occupation and squatting is now illegal- Sept. 2102 new law came in.
I now get a text saying that an agent or landlord ‘has to replace carpets every 2 years and redecorate every two years as well’- there is no law to say I have to as far as I know, am I right, but they are being pain and say going to solicitors to prove they are right – they can if they want to waste money.
Aggravation I don’t need they have been in the property for 5 years and it was fully redecorated then and still looks in good order. If I lived there myself I would not do much to it. Would appreciate any view and or comments and or advice.
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