Hi everyone. My tenant of 5 years has abandoned my property today. She text me to say that due to a change in circumstances, she has left the property and has posted the keys through the door and the stuff she has left behind can either be thrown away or kept. I went to check and she has left her all her furniture such as beds, wardrobes, etc. She had always paid her rent on time so admittedly I'd become a bit laid back with checking but I checked today and she has not paid rent for the last 2 months and she missed a payment in October last year too. She also had the cheek to give me her bank details to give her deposit back...! Where do I stand with getting missed rent back from this tenant? I have no idea where she has gone and she seems to of now blocked my number. I am an accidental landlord as you can tell from my username and also rather stupidly did not protect her deposit. Does this mean I have to give it back?! Even if she owes rent. Help desperately needed...
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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malmi · 18/03/2023 21:33
If she owes you three months rent then I would be pointing that out to her if you could. In return, you not protecting her deposit means she could claim multiple times its value, if she decided to legally pursue it. But I would probably hang fire to see if she gets in touch so can have the conversation.
Precipice · 18/03/2023 21:36
Not protecting the deposit isn't mere stupidity. It's flagrantly ignoring one of the basic legal responsibilities involved in renting out a property. Like in any business activity, there are basic legal requirements for you to fulfil.
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Untitledsquatboulder · 18/03/2023 21:38
You give her her deposit back and hope to God that she doesn't report you.
The lost rent and cost of clearing out the property you suck up, think of it as a lesson learnt.
Then either start acting like a professional landlord or sell your property.
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