Yesterday I sent a letter to my tenants, who are now over 2 months in arrears – unknown to me they recently stopped their Housing Benefit being paid directly to me, thereby increasing their arrears to £2052.
They have given notice they will vacate on 26th August after 6 months.
In my letter I explained if the sum is not paid by 5th August, I will have no option but to issue a claim through the Court against them to retrieve the money.
Today I received an e-mail from them saying: – ‘We are happy for you to keep the deposit as payment towards the rent arrears. And I will transfer the rest to your account the last working day of this month.’
I am not satisfied with this response as I don’t believe I will be paid and I’m certain I wont get a forwarding address. It’s my understanding that it is illegal to use the deposit to avoid paying the last month’s rent. Furthermore, the deposit will not cover the outstanding rent by nearly £600 and leaves no deposit to cover provision for damage, cleaning, and making good the kitchen floor which they changed without consulting me.
My intention is still to take them to Court. How should I respond to their e-mail?