A letting agent asked us for a mid-term inspection on one of their properties in London. The tenant didn’t respond to our phone calls, texts or emails to arrange an appointment, so we visited at 10am on a Sunday morning. When the tenant answered in his pyjamas our clerk showed his ID and explained that the letting agent had instructed us to visit the property to have a look around and make sure everything was in order. This is also useful for the tenants as they can flag up any issues that need addressing such as problems with appliances, sanitary ware, ingress of water, burst pipes etc.
Our clerk noted that the property was not being looked after properly, with mould and damp on the walls in the porch and reception. In the kitchen there was damage to the floor tiles, several fixed lighting bulbs had blown and not been replaced, while the oven was very grim with heavily burnt on grease. The fridge had an unpleasant odour and the freezer was heavy with ice.
In the bathroom we found heavy staining in the toilet, with limescale in the hand basin, bath and shower head. The bedrooms were cluttered and untidy plus we saw evidence of smoking which was strictly prohibited according to the tenancy agreement. And despite pets being prohibited, we found a cat sleeping in the second bedroom.
Following our report and photos, the horrified landlord decided that it was time to end the tenancy and issued a ‘Section 21 Notice to Quit’ order under the Housing Act 1988. The tenant has two months in which to leave and if he doesn’t move out the landlord will get a Possession Order from the County Court and bailiffs will evict them.
We charge a fixed rate of just £50 plus VAT for this service for any sized property so for peace of mind, give us a call and book us to inspect your apartment, flat or house.