11:35 AM, 9th August 2022, About 2 months ago 16
Hello, I value everybody’s opinion here. I had a long term tenant in a flat which has been quite low maintenance. He asked for new carpet which I provided and 4 days later he gave notice, a month after renewing, which I wasn’t best pleased about.
Anyway, he put posters up on every wall in the flat and used Blu Tack. There are horrible marks everywhere and all the walls need painting, which I wouldn’t have had to do as the flat is in good condition. The contract states plainly that the tenant can put 2 picture hooks on each wall and mustn’t use adhesive material without permission.
He is saying that I should have told him when I visited the flat periodically that this was a problem and he is only going to pay half.
There is also some condensation which he didn’t complain about, strangely, and was always very complimentary of me as a landlord. I would of course have had to decorate that wall anyway, but not the whole flat!
Now he is talking about a crack he mentioned 2 years ago – which is a small settlement crack in a corner, and saying that I should have decorated that area. I would not normally decorate while a tenant is in situ unless there has been a leak or it is very unsightly.
He only mentioned it once and I went to check that it wasn’t an area of concern, in terms of the structure. I thought that was his main worry too. I think he is clutching at straws to reduce his decorating liability.
I don’t like conflict and our relationship was very good, but you know what it’s like when it comes to money – he seems to be getting petty and nasty.
He was also very dirty and managed to clean most of the flat well (after I didn’t pass it the first time) but there is mould around the shower silicone which, if he had sprayed and cleaned it regularly, would not have occurred. I also had to change the toilet seat as it was disgusting but unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of that. The shower unit glass is also very stained and he couldn’t clean it properly as it had been neglected for so long, so that will still need another clean.
I was going to let him off those things but now I don’t think I will…
Do you think I should charge him the full whack for all the walls damaged by the Blu Tack?