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I have a tenant who has caused extensive damage to my property on numerous occasions in the last few months. He’s been charged with criminal damage twice; convicted once, and pled not guilty to the latest charge claiming the police broke down the door to the property, therefore they are liable.
The reason the police broke down the door is because the tenant phoned them saying he was going to kill himself and then barricaded himself into the flat. The only way the police could get into the property (acting upon his call) was to break down the door.
At the end of this latest episode I boarded up the doorway to the property, continuing to allow the tenant access to the property (he now requires a screwdriver instead of a key). He has now stopped paying rent saying I have to install a proper front door allowing him to get into the property.
Although the tenant repeatedly causes extensive damage to the property, am I liable to keep replacing the front door? Has he got grounds to withhold rent because he currently has no proper front door, yet does have access?
He has also been served a Section 21 which expires in 3 weeks. Will the Section 21 stay valid all the while I do not install a proper front door to the property?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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