8:11 AM, 19th August 2014, About 8 years ago 4
I would like some advice on withholding some of the tenants bond.
This is the first tenant that we have had in the property and they have just come out of their 6month agreement. The tenant has had some sort of large paddling pool covering the lawn and has clearly had it up for quite sometime so it has killed the entire grass underneath and has ruined a perfect lawn which will now need completely reseeding etc.
They have removed ivy plants that were along the fence to protect from intruding weeds and consequently the garden along the fence sides is over run with weeds.
They have left a large amount of rubbish and unwanted items in the playhouse and behind the playhouse.
They have put those wall stickers up in 3 rooms that they didn’t have permission for and assured us that there was no other changes apart from the change of colour paint in the living room from magnolia to beige. We need to remove the stickers and have the walls repainted.
They have also caused damage to he bedroom wall with a hole around 10cm square and have badly filled it so it will need refilling, sanding, the sticker removing as it is in the middle of the design and then the entire room reprinting as it is a lilac shade so we can’t just repaint the one wall with magnolia.
I don’t know what to do in this situation as she has generally left the house clean but has caused some damage that will cost us money to repair, paint and have a gardener in etc.
We have a tenant due in the property in 5days.
What would you all suggest?
Is this a case where part of the bond can be kept in order to pay for returns or is that an acceptable amount of damage?
This is the first time letting and I know it could get much worse but unsure what to do next?