I have a tenant who has been in their flat for about 10 years. I have recently inherited the property after a family death. There haven’t been any improvements to the property over the last few years and the latest tenancy has just ended. The tenant has refused to enter into a new tenancy agreement until certain improvements are made. This is a bit of a side show as I’m happy to make the improvements required and I’ve already addressed the urgent issues.
My question relates to how to deal with the inventory, which is now about 10 years old. As I’m making improvements to the flat, how should I record the new state of the property? For example, in the original inventory the carpets were recorded as being in “good condition – 4 out of 5 (5 being brand new)”. The carpets now are in a very bad state, and I believe that this is due at least in part to the tenant (and of course fair wear and tear).
I could of course make the improvements and agree a new inventory. But where the tenant has caused damage and/or failed to maintain elements of the property, are they getting away scot-free? I appreciate that they’ve been in situ paying rent for a long time so is this something a landlord should just take on the chin as a cost?
Open to your thoughts – thanks in advance!