Uni tenant demanding 3 months rent for water damage?

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15:47 PM, 21st May 2020
About 3 months ago

Uni tenant demanding 3 months rent for water damage?

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Uni tenant demanding 3 months rent for water damage?

The house I rent to students was water damaged by storms and my tenant was unable to use her room for 10 days.

She therefore  went home as the University was Closed.

I have offered her two weeks rent, but she is now demanding 3 months plus compensation.

I have spoken to my insurance company and they will only cover for the time the room was uninhabitable.

What are my best options now please?

Many thanks

Christine



Comments

Rob Crawford

15:57 PM, 21st May 2020
About 3 months ago

I would stick with whatever the insurer says. Ask her to justify anything extra so that it can be presented to the insurer. If the insurer replies with a no, or she can't justify her position then that's as far as it goes. Any contents damage of possessions belonging to her should be covered by her own insurance. Don't get drawn into debate. Take it or go!

JB

9:05 AM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

I had a similarish situation and the tenant went to live with his girlfriend and I think it was the NLA (sorry poor memory) who told me that he couldn't justify any claim as he had left of his own accord.

Ian Narbeth

11:34 AM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

She is trying it on. She is only entitled to relief for the days the room was not habitable. You are also not liable for compensation if the damage was caused by the storm. If her belongings have been damaged she should have had contents insurance.

Put everything in writing and ask her to justify her claim and to explain why she should not be liable for rent. Keep everything on your side civil as it may be read by an adjudicator or judge.

Chris @ Possession Friend

13:10 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

Another student ' wheeze ' to get out of paying Rent.
Tell her that, offer 14 days in writing and if any rent shortfall, you'll pursue through the courts.

Ian Narbeth

14:34 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Possession Friend at 22/05/2020 - 13:10
FWIW I would also say that she may be entitled to only 10 days' rent-free because of the water damage and your offer of 14 days will revert to 10 if she wishes to argue the matter.

Lindsay Keith

15:39 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 22/05/2020 - 11:34
Excellent advice. I was told not quite 60 years ago by the senior partner of the firm where I was articled to "remember that your letter may be read in the cold grey light of the Court of Appeal on a Wednesday morning". Still holds good.

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

19:30 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 3 months ago

My only question is, why was her room damaged during a storm? A house is built to withstand storms and other weather events. If the damage was due to a maintenance problem with the house could this alter the situation?


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