Hello, welcome to the website. My name isXXXXX can assist you with this.
Have you proposed to the owner (and tenant) that you pay the £500 in full and final settlement?
I have had no contact with the owner, only my friend who is the tenant, and yes £500 in full is not a problem.
Okay. Then what you really need is the landlord (freehold owner) to confirm, as does the tenant, they neither will bring a claim against you if you pay the £500. In other words, it's a payment in full and final settlement between you all.
It's best to get that in an agreement too - in writing.
How do I do that? Do I get them to write a letter or statement? And if so, what does the statement need to contain. Or do I just basically need a receipt that says paid in full?
You get them to write a letter confirming that, yes.
A receipt saying it's paid in full is not as good. A letter is always better.
So, if I write a letter saying that I am paying the £500 in full for damages incurred to the garage and add that this is a final conclusion and settlement on the matter then is that all I need? Do I include a copy to be returned to me signed by the tenant and the homeowner? Will this then protect me against having any case should I be suddenly expected to pay something more if they get the wall repaired in the future?
You should say that you propose to pay it, in full and final settlement, and get both the landlord and tenant to reply to confirm their unqualified agreement to that.
That should be enough to protect you for the future.
Thank you very much!!!!! I can do that.
Thank you! Is there anything else you would like me to answer for you?
No that is it. I know what to do now. My friend is happy for everything to be verbal, but I fear that that leaves me vulnerable - especially to the homeowner whom I have never met or spoken to. I now feel much better about the situation, and I know how to proceed. Thank you!!
Thank you! Hope you manage to sort it quickly and painlessly! Always best to have things in writing - always! :)