No his unemployed or maybe self employed. I have no idea if he is claming benefits
Thank you for your reply. I just needed to know how I stand. The truth is always best :)
The flood was caused by a fault in the upstairs flat, I called in a plumber immediately on gaining access and he fixed it very quickly. The problem I have with the tenant is that he didn't report it at all and made inspections impossible by changing the lock. And of course all the mess left behind. I had no keys to the property.
The contract is with the tenant not the DSS. I have no idea if he's claiming or not, but do I need to talk to them just in case? He owes rent of course. He does however have a guarantor. Does that make a difference?
So we can sue the guarantor. That's interesting. Thank you so much for you help. At least I know where we stand now. I am hoping the insurance companies will help towards the financial implications of this.
One more question though:
The tenant has left a big pile of stuff on the floor and a TV as he is trying to claim for damaged property on his insurance. Are we allowed to remove it or must we hang on to it. His insurance company is coming in to have a look on Wednesday.
Thank you so much Jo . That's brilliant. I was worried we would have to keep the stuff for months.
I really appreciate your help in clarifying this for us!