One of my tenants is not keeping the house tidy?

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13:30 PM, 25th October 2018
About 3 years ago

One of my tenants is not keeping the house tidy?

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One of my tenants is not keeping the house tidy?

I have let my house through a letting agent and the tent is a single mother of two. Shes been in the house for almost 2 years.

The house was gutted top to bottom before she moved in. As the last tenant trashed it. the issue is we think there is a partner living with her. The house is kept untidy with scuffs on walls and carpets.

I have told the agent to send a letter to to the tenant to say the condition is not acceptable and will not renew the tenancy when it is due in February.

Is there anything else I can do?

Many thanks



Michael Barnes

15:30 PM, 26th October 2018
About 3 years ago

Untidiness is unlikely to damage the property.
Scuffs will occur with children (and without).

If rent is coming in and there is no damage to the fabric of the property, then I would say keep the tenant.

I would not seek to put the partner on the agreement (and you probably cannot do that until the end of the term anyway), as that would likely cause problems when they split up, and if it is his permanent residence (rather than staying a few nights a week), then it may affect her benefits and cause arrears.

Pradip Thaker

8:22 AM, 27th October 2018
About 3 years ago

Thank you all for your comments.
I have asked the agent to visit the property every 3 months which they have agreed.

Yvette Newbury

9:35 AM, 27th October 2018
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Pradip Thaker at 27/10/2018 - 08:22
I know it can be disappointing when you see a newly refurbished property not being kept in the way you would like it to be, but all your hard work will pay off when they vacate and you thoroughly clean it - it will come up gleaming again!


12:45 PM, 28th October 2018
About 3 years ago

You let it to a family with young children for two years and you are surprised at scuffs and untidyness? This sounds like wear and tear.
If you don't want that, don't let it to families with children. To be on the safe side, don't let it at all.

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