After finally recovering possession of their property from a difficult tenant, it is undoubtedly heartbreaking for a landlord to find the residence in a state of destruction. 

However, a well drafted tenancy agreement will include specific clauses to allow for a landlord to recover costs from their former tenant for extensive damage caused to the property resulting from the tenancy. 

It is important to make sure a tenancy deposit is taken up front to ensure that any monies due to the landlord in relation to restoring the property can be recovered as quickly as possible. 

Failure to collect a deposit will mean that the landlord will have to rely on issuing a small claims action which can prove to be timely and very costly for all involved.

For further advice on a dilapidation claim, please contact our Landlord & Tenant Department on 02380 221344.