Tenants being difficult.

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By Landlord Expert May 8, 2013 13:53

I gave my tenants notice to quit recently because I want to sell the property as has always been my intention since purchasing it 10 years ago. The tenants have caused quite a lot of damage to the property and are keeping dogs and a cat there despite the lease clearly stating no pets.

Four days after serving the notice I received a letter from environmental health saying that the property was unfit due to various problems all caused by the tenants and giving me a date to start the remedial action and a date to complete it. I contacted environmental health and explained that the tenants had been given notice and I had no intention of re-letting the property only doing the improvements and selling as soon as possible. They informed me that I have to start the work by the date stated in the letter or further action would be taken. The notice expires on 16 Aug, the same day that work should be started. I obviously do not want to put right damage caused by the tenants before they leave as some of the damage should be covered with the bond which is held by the local council. If I do this work I would not be able to claim back from the bond as obviously the damage would not be apparent during inspection and also what if the tenants decide to be vindictive and cause more damage I would be out of pocket again.

My question is can environmental health still keep pushing me to do work even if the house is not tenanted and not up for rental (they insist that they can). Also if I do not start the work by Aug 16 because the tenants have not left would environmental health decide to do the work and I be liable for it.

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By Landlord Expert May 8, 2013 13:53

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