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Hello I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
You are the landlords, your tenants are leaving and wiling to give you sufficient money (as estimated by the flooring company) to repair the remaining damage caused by their dog. You do no to have to use that money to repair the floor. This is money to compensate you for the cost of carrying out repairs but you are under no legal obligation to actually carry out the work. I think this is what you were asking but if I have misunderstood then please let me know.
Hello, The tenants are willing to pay for the present flooring company, but if we need to find another company or even replace the flooring, this amount will not cover these costs.
I see. I think the position then is that if the amount offered turns out to be insufficient to repair the damage then you may be able to look to them for further money but only to the extent necessary. Replacing the whole floor could well be a step too far in that respect. Also if the amount they pay is agreed to be in final settlement for the damage you would not be able to do this.
Thank you. We do not wish to settle the account ourselves as the damage was their responsibility. What happens if the tenants fail to pay the bill ? Are we liable for it as we originally helped to find a company even though the estimate was sent & addressed to the tenant ?
You will be liable to the company who carry out the work if you contract with them to do work but may well have a claim for an indemnity from the old tenants.
We did not have a contract with the flooring company to sand down the scratches. This was down to then tenants as shown in the inventory & their contract which states they have to return the property in the state it was in when they checked in, subject to fair wear & tear.
Hello, did you get my last answer & questions ?
If you asked them to do the work and they did it for money then you had a contract with them.
The other point I think is dealt with above. I will be in meetings for the rest of this afternoon but will look her again this evening.
The flooring company did a separate estimate for me to repair a cracked floorboard & another estimate addressed to the tenant for the rest of the work.
Sorry. I am not sure at you are asking with that last point.