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I have a single rental property which I bought in 2009. I refurbished it to a good standard and rented it to a young couple using an agent on a tenant find basis. The agent took the deposit. I allowed them to have dogs at the property.
The young lady and dogs left, and a new young lady arrived, as did chinchillas.
In October last year they gave me notice and when I spoke to him on the phone he said they would need to move to her mother’s for two weeks before moving on to their new home. I rather nicely said that they could stay on until it was convenient and pay rent accordingly, they agreed and left the property 8th December 2012. They left a disgraceful mess and didn’t pay the extra rent.
They now owe me £1,200 for damage and unpaid rent, but I only have £550 deposit.
I have no forwarding address, and only an e-mail and mobile phone number. I have sent a full report with photos etc. and a breakdown of the costs to them by e-mail, giving them 28 days to pay. This 28 days is up now.
I want to pursue the outstanding amount and I’m looking for advice as to how to do so.
The deposit holder has apparently said that my case will be weakened if I take the deposit money now, so I have left the deposit with them.
Is there an easy way to track them down? I don’t think they have moved far. And do I need to track them down to start proceedings?
I think I know who his employer is. Can I try to contact him there, or does this move into harassment territory?
Should I go straight to the online small claims court? And if so how do I do this without an address.
Any advice gratefully received.
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