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« on: April 25, 2021, 06:19:12 PM »

I stumbled upon a situation where a tenant is in the middle of removing top-soil from my premises without any previous consultation or consent from me, and is exporting it off-site for the purposes of landscaping as part of his line of work. I am 'rookie' landlord forced into being one as a result of losing my job a year ago and now I work away from home. There are a couple of issues: (i) I will be going back to live in my house in a year or two; (ii) I may need to use the top soil for some purpose and it is good to have around.  I have not commented to date in order to preserve working relationships. In a way, it's too late to stop the tenant from exporting the topsoil because he has already excavated half of it and what about working relationships.

I would value your views and opinions very much.

Many thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 10:18:32 PM »

Is the tenant stripping topsoil out of the garden, or was there a 5 cubic metre pile somewhere that he is in the process of removing?

Either way, the tenant is required to return your property in the same state it was in when he rented it from you, otherwise you can deduct the cost from his deposit.

Do you have photos of the exterior of the property in the check-in inventory that include location of the soil?


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I have not commented to date in order to preserve working relationships.

I don't get this. If you object to him removing your property, you should tell him; preferably by email so you can keep a record of this.


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In a way, it's too late to stop the tenant from exporting the topsoil because he has already excavated half of it and what about working relationships

What about them? It's your soil, isn't it?

Why do you suppose the tenant believes he has the right to remove the topsoil?  What might you have said (even casually) that has led him to this conclusion?

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2021, 09:58:11 AM »

...I may need to use the top soil for some purpose and it is good to have around.

Indeed.

What if the topsoil was some other item present in the property at the time of let?

If the Tenant was an Interior Designer and removed all the carpets in the property for the purpose of making things beautiful (somewhere else) as part of his line of work... would your attitude be different?

If no, then you have your answer and you must take steps, or decide how much of the Deposit you think is worthy of this brazen theft. Hard to assess, really... understanding the going rate of topsoil, the quality or grading of this particular topsoil, the real quantities involved (as, surely, 5 cubic metres is just a best guess) and how the value of topsoil will depreciate over time as it gets older (is old topsoil more valuable or less valuable than new topsoil - and is that even a concept considering it's just Earth (sic)?)... is gonna be a challenge.

If yes, then you don't really care about your topsoil (not as much as your carpets).
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2021, 10:37:33 AM »

This has to be one of the cheekiest things I have read regarding tenants.Of course you should say something,what if he starts removing any nice shrubs,or paving slabs?
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2021, 08:44:47 AM »

Good job hes not a plumber
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