7:20 AM, 30th July 2014, About 9 years ago 23
I just had an angry tenant phone to say that £40 hidden in her bedroom has been stolen today (Tuesday). I was in her flat today by agreement, as was our cleaner and our valuer. I was not with the cleaner and the valuer all the time.
I had told the tenant not to leave cash about (which she acknowledges) although that was just precautionary advice from me. she says it was hidden.
The reason for our cleaner attending is that the other joint tenant moved out and the replacement is moving in tomorrow.
The finger of the tenants suspicion falls on the cleaner, who has done a lot of work for us over the last 3 years or so and there has never been a problem before.
I have told the tenant to report the matter to the police and confirm the details to me by e-mail as she wants me to ‘investigate’. I have no reason to think that the tenant is making this up, although she could be mistaken.
Am I legally responsible for reimbursing the money, even though there is no hard evidence of the amount or the theft? I realise for good relations that may be a good idea, but that is not my question. I feel she is at least partly to blame.