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I am letting my property to a professional couple on a standard AST -as provided by RLA.

I have just been to inspect my property and discovered a leak (from a faulty washer on the dishwasher) that the tenants have not reported. It appears to have caused significant damage to the new laminate floor in the kitchen although the tenants deny noticing the problem until recently. It is evident that the damage to the flooring (which consists of the tiling coming away from the sub-floor), whether caused by the leak or other sustained spillages, has developed over time and is completely obvious even on superficial inspection. Does this count as neglect on their part and can I reasonably deduct the cost of repairs from their deposit?

Secondly, when I interviewed the tenants I told them I was looking for non-smokers and they said this wasn't a problem. Again on inspection it is obvious and admitted that they are smoking in the property. I suspect that they are also smoking drugs. The tenancy agreement does not state no-smoking - I made the assumption that it did. Can I implement a change to the agreement regarding smoking or breaking the law as a breach of contract or do I have to wait until six months has passed and issue a new agreement with these clauses?

Can you please advise on an interim agreement with regard to smoking in the property?

Many thanks for your help.

22/09/2008 00:00

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