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Damage or wear and tear?

Published: 27/06/2020

Inevitably, there will be situations when a tenant accidentally or purposely neglects or damages your property. In these cases, your tenant is legally obligated to cover repairs or replacement costs if necessary.

Below are examples in which damage or excessive dirt calls for the tenant to be liable.

· Cigarette burns
· Large holes, marks, or gouges in the wall
· Broken tiles or flooring
· Rips and excessive stains not attributable to normal wear and tear
· Water damage from plants
· Grime in bathtub or toilet from lack of cleaning
· Toilet failing to flush correctly because of objects that shouldn't have been flushed
· Dryers or washing machines that have stopped working because of improper usage
· Doors removed from their hinges
· Sticky surfaces
· Failure to clean before moving out

When tenants who are either currently living in the property, or have recently vacated it, have left any of the above damages in their wake, they are financially responsible for them.

Taking care of the wear and tear of an apartment is worthwhile, but it can also be highly stressful. Recognising the difference between wear and tear and destruction isn't always easy, and the challenge leaves many disgruntled tenants and financially strapped landlords.

Using Circa London's property management services is an excellent way to avoid this. We'll handle the move-in and move-out process and assess the damages for you. We will negotiate any charge to the tenant's deposit and facilitate the repairs, so you don't have to worry about that. On the rare occasion when we are unable to agree on a settlement with the tenant, we will take care of the process of utilising the tenancy deposit dispute service, which will make a ruling both parties must abide by.

For more information about all aspects of our Property Management service, please call us today on +44 (0)20 3137 7877.