Hi, as recently as 5 weeks ago I let a property to a lady and her daughter.
This week (week 5) I received the following:
- Text to say she could not deal with spiders. She said there were quite a few and they were very very big spiders. Apparently she emptied a can of bug spray on one. I offered to come round and see the situation but she did not reply.
- On my way home from work I text tenant to say I was home slightly early and could come round.
She did not reply until later and I missed the text msg. However, she went on to scold me on text to say i was disrespectful. There was a toaster and kettle that she found in the bottom cupboard that she would leave in the front garden as I did not collect it. When she moved in I said she could keep them or put them in the recycle bin.
- Hot Water. I received another text to say that after 30 minutes of showering the water would go cold. This time I tried to call her. She answered the 2nd time but said she would call back in 5 mins. 3 hours later she called but only to talk over me and rant at me.
I resorted to email and said I would assist but not sure what I could do. 30 mins of hot showering is a small 2 bed is good going.
She responded quite harshly to my simple email and said she is giving me notice.
I have checked the contract and it does state that unless mutually agree the earliest either side can give notice is 4 months (with 2 months notice period) ie the earliest she could leave is 6 months from contract date.
In her email she said “I dont care about the deposit”. But this is with DPS and unless she agrees to release deposit to me this is not a good avenue.
I feel the sudden change in the once very polite and very sweet person who has now turned quite nasty wanted out. She has now written to me to do as I please and her daughter is allergic to spider bites.
It is clear she wants to get out of the contract and looking for excuses.
Dear fellow Landlords - what are my options? It not going to be easy to show someone the property - I can tell from her nasty emails.
Can I withhold deposit?
Is court action wort it> ie she will be leaving 3 months earlier than stated in the contract.
Truthfully, if she was honest and explained her circumstances I would have been quite understanding and would have mutually agreed to exit contract. However, She is not going to be cooperative and I will most definitely be out of pocket.
What would you suggest.