My tenant has been in the property for over two years, pays rent on time and is generally compliant. However he goes off and does work on the property without asking or agreeing it, so my question is around what rights I have to get him to undo his works if I consider they are not necessary and not in keeping with my property. There are probably two scenarios to consider - right now, and when he leaves the property.
- It started with doing work in garden (harmless enough), then putting up a shed for his tools.
- He then re-decorated the ground floor without any consultation in non-neutral colours.
- Now he has replaced the vinyl kitchen flooring with ceramic tiles, again without asking. This time he has held back the cost of the tiles from the rent.
I didn’t make a big deal the first two times, but given that I can’t easily go and look at the work he has done due to Lockdown 1 and 2, I am not happy about the rent not being fully paid - not because the deduction is big, just that I have absolutely no idea to what quality the work has been done!
If any other landlords have been faced with such an issue, what steps have you taken?