Vision for an independent organisation to represent UK landlords20:18 PM, 16th September 2018
About 5 days ago 49
I have bought a property with a tenant in situation in 1 December 2014 and she has a tenancy agreement that is now periodic as the original one was 4 years ago, March 11 2011.I am managing this on my own at the moment.
The first issue is what I believe is 2 months rent. She is paying rent on time now, but only began in Feb 2015, however there is a dispute on the December and January payments as she claims these were payed to the previous owner on 30 November 2014. She yet to prove this and my solicitor is having trouble contacting the previous owner.
The first question if she doesn’t prove this (she says she’s got proof via bank statement but hasn’t shown me yet) where do I go from here? Would it be wise to potentially serve section 8 with it being up in the air at the moment.
The second thing is the tenant is making it hard for me to enter the property. I inspected the property 1 week before completion of contract in December 2014, but she claims most of the internal property is hers as she has done a lot of major work to it. Now I have the previous tenancy agreement with the fixtures and fitting of the property on there. Can she dispute this as it is signed by her?
She has stated, because she apparently fitted new laminate flooring and carpets in different areas of property and new tiles etc in kitchen, this belongs to her and wants to take it with her, sort of like a threat if she is evicted. Can she do that? It was in immaculate condition when the property was inspected, but now she claims I didn’t do a proper inspection or inventory of the property when I completed the purchase.
I wrote to her in mid December 2014, with proof of postage asking for an inspection of the property, but she keeps agreeing to an appointment yet changing her mind saying she’s busy. I do have pictures of the property from the mid summer 2014. Can this be used as evidence as this was pretty much the condition at the time.
I’m not sure where to go from here. I’m getting an agent to manage the property from next week, but need to know where I stand as she’s refused me viewing the property and will only allow a 3rd party to do so.
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