My tenant , now on a periodic tenancy,sent an email to say ‘ I have to give notice on your property’
In a couple of subsequent texts she said she was very flexible and happy to stay until a new tenant had been found, which of course I was happy with. Whilst conducting viewings it was clear the property has not been well looked after- dirty,stinks of dogs, garden a mess etc. I wasnt surprised when none of the prospective tenants wanted to live there. When I raised this with the tenant, she said she would arrange for carpets to be cleaned, some redecorating and curtains dry cleaned, and then her mum would have the dogs so as not to get things dirty again. In her last text she said she had fractured a bone, couldnt drive back to the house, but the furniture was out and her mum had cleaned. On visiting the house, I find most of her belongings gone, but a mattress and bbq left on the front garden, garden furniture and various other things left in the shed. No cleaning of carpets or anything else done. She is now not answering my calls or texts ( nor is her mum, the guarantor)
As she has not given me a definite date that she wants to end the tenancy, is she still liable for rent? Can I put new tenants in, or is the property technically still hers to use? Can I claim rent from the deposit?