Recent inspections have shown damage by the tenant:
Burns to kitchen units and worktops
Water damage to bath panel and floor
Stains on carpets
Every blind in the property broken
Every drawer in the kitchen broken
The whole property dirty and smelling of curry.
The letting agent sent letters asking the tenant to ‘try to avoid further damage’ but insists that I have to wait until the tenancy ends to try to get money from the deposit towards refurb (which isn’t likely to cover the cost of refurb) and then pursue through the court (I believe it will be hard to find the tenant when they move on).
I’m not keen to give the tenant notice at the moment as I’m not going to be able to organise a refurb for nearly a year. The tenants are a family who have been there for 3 years.
Is there anything I can do to protect my position or get the tenant to pay to fix the damage now?
The agent puts the damage down to ‘cultural issues’ because the tenant refuses to grasp how to cook without damaging an indoor kitchen and the expectation of cleaning carpets etc
Extractor fans were fitted and the tenant was given leaflets about preventing condensation, using the dishwasher etc but they still leave unwashed pans soaking in water, all their laundry on radiators etc so I feel they are not going to take on board any requests to treat the property carefully.
Presumably it’s not worth insisting on redoing the kitchen etc as the tenant would just damage it again and its hard to see what more damage they could do given I’m already imagining having to replace the kitchen, the blinds and all the carpets and furniture?
Any other suggestions?