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Alex Watts : On what basis is it not for habitation please?
JACUSTOMER-vndc5fck- : They stated dirty skirting boards and a few items of clothing and a old blanket I was using to cover floor when decorating which I did remove later on
Alex Watts : Ok - I assume you want to know what you can do?
JACUSTOMER-vndc5fck- : Yes please they say there going to take me to court just want to know what I'm legally entitled to do about this
Alex Watts : Was there not a date when they agreed to move in?
Alex Watts : Did you protect the deposit?
JACUSTOMER-vndc5fck- : They agreed to move in November but just kept saying next week then the week after the deposit is protected under government scheme gave them the info
Alex Watts : Therefore by rights you can keep the months rent, keep the deposit and charge them for the remaining term.
Alex Watts : They have signed a legally binding agreement to say they will stay 6 months. They are not breaching that agreement assuming it was signed by you and them.
Alex Watts : However a court would expect you to find new tenants so in effect you would be able to charge them readvertise fees and the time it was spent empty.
Alex Watts : But yes you could defend and counter claim for breach of contract.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
JACUSTOMER-vndc5fck- : Already readvertising property tenant gave back keys because I needed them back to give to letting agents to show new tenants around property
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JACUSTOMER-vndc5fck- : Thanks you've been a great help
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