Preventing a mess

Richard asks:
(updated on Friday, February 15th 2013)

I have regained possession of a property where a tenant had not paid rent for over eight-weeks and left it with considerable damage and mess. I have a Tenancy Tribunal hearing date and I have a log of unpaid rent and documentation along with photos of the mess and damage ready. But being new to the process, am I prepared enought? I’m also wondering about advice on preventing this from happening again?

Our Experts Answer:

You will need to provide the Tenancy Tribunal with your 14-day notices as well as invoices for work carried out, inspection records to prove that the property was in a different condition when they moved in.  Having landlord Insurance which provides cover for loss of rent and intentional damage to the property would be advisable before you re-tenant the property, although you often can take it out even if you already have a tenant. There are a variety of policies available and it is advisable to ensure you compare apples with apples when buying to ensure you have the best cover.

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