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What to do when tenants do a moonlight flit?🏃

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 by Nigel Fitzakerley

Another mess…another problem to solve…

Finding your property abandoned by tenants can be an absolute nightmare, it’s usually left in a mess as the tenants do a moonlight flit.

We often walk into situations where landlords need our help, a property has been abandoned and they’re looking for agents to bring it back to the market on a budget.

The thing is with ourselves, unusually, is we’re actually landlords – who’d have a thought it’d be useful for a letting agent to actually own property?

There’s nothing we haven’t seen or resolved.  We live and breathe property, we live and breathe rental income, expenses and profitability.  We understand how hard it is to balance all these things and have been doing this for 15 years. Every single year we face all these problems and continue to make a profit!

So it’s never a problem to find an answer for you.  So what do you do when you find your property abandoned?

The first thing to do is not to panic and contact ourselves.  You’ll probably need to spend a little money to get the property clean and hopefully just some cosmetic redecoration. 

With any builder though, always check for references.  Since there’s no better indication of future performance than the past.  “My builder” is a great place to start, where builders often receive references.  As you can see we’ve got 100% positive feedback but have a look around to see if your builder is listed?

My Builder

Always make sure your tradesman has the relevant public liability insurance and how long they’ve been in business, you don’t want someone doing half a job and going bust!

Remember the cheapest isn’t always the best, we’re competitive on price – you have to be to quote on “My Builder” but we’re not looking to be the cheapest.  We have tradesmen who’ve worked with us for 15 years, and all they want is a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.  We pay a “fair” wage to give you a fair price – that’s all you should want from your builder.

So check credentials, check quotes and I’d say when meeting someone, see what your gut says – since your first instinct is often right!

See below a job, Chris our refurb director visited, which we’ll look to turn around for one of our landlords.

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