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Hello Thomas, thanks for the reply. Yes, the tenant's deposit of £895 was totally deducted. The total rental arrears is £1820 + the value of the furniture which runs into a few thousand pounds minus depreciation (one bed alone was worth £1100 when it was bought). The agent had all the inventories from the previous agent; they accepted some responsibility by apologising for not telling me that the furniture was missing and offering me £100 discount on the next tenancy. Ideally, I would like to think that a tenant is not allowed to leave the property and either totally trash/steal the furniture without going unpunished, and to know whether the agency can be made responsible for negligence somehow: the irony is that I probably had to pay over £200 for the skip to throw away my own furniture. I need to know if a landlord has any rights at all in these cases, otherwise I may as well sell the property.
thanks for the reply. I guess I don't have much hope then, as both the agency and I have not been able to track down the tenant to sue them, even after employing a tracing agency. As I already mentioned, the deposit was £895 and more than that was spent on restoring the house's decor. Then there is the question of the £1820 arrears that the tenant had when they were evicted, and in addition, the value of the furniture. Also, even if I wanted to issue a claim to a county court against either the tenant, the agency or both, I would be unable to follow it up as I currently live in China. Thanks anyway.