verbal agreement to large maintenance work being carried out, now tennant has gone back on word

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My tenant's contract ends at the end of August. We wish to sell the house. We asked two months ago how the tenant would feel about us marketing the property but guaranteed that the tenant's contract end date would not be affected. We made it clear that if the tenant did not wish to do that then we wouldn't. The tenant came back and said they were happy to have the property marketed and were very proactive about the idea. Unfortunately the double glazing at the property has failed and we therefore asked the tenant about having it replaced prior to sale. They initially agreed and showed no concerns at all. They told us one afternoon before installation that they were not happy with the installation and they feel that it is an invasion of privacy. We tried to cancel the installation but are under contract and cannot. The tenant has now said that they are very unhappy with the installation and that the timing is all wrong for them. They want compensation for the invasion of privacy and the inconvenience. They begrudgingly have to go ahead. We had also put the property on the market as agreed with the tenant. The tenant has now said that they want the property removed from the market. They have also given an option that we give them notice to leave two months before the end of their tenancy agreement ends. I am conscious that they have much more money than us and am worried that whatever we do they will try to take legal action. The statement that keeps being made is that they signed a contract and we haven't delivered what they expected, ie they cannot live in the house for one week. We do know that legally we can start to market the property 60 days before the end of the tenancy and have viewings, but I believe that access can be denied if a reasonable reason is given. Any help out there?
16/05/2014 19:11

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