We have finally been awarded a large amount to cover damage and unpaid rent. It has taken nearly 2 years and the ex tenants can take this to high court to contest this award. However they have been warned legally about lying in court and they have lied to the police, so this would be very foolish.
It has been very stressful at time and we have had a lot of intimidation to put up with, including account hacking. (there is even an account on here linked to my old email address that was hacked)
I would advise any would be landlord to keep every message, letter and email. to take lots of photos of the property beforehand, to confirm every conversation by letter and keep copies and have everything in writing. Keep receipts, and bookings for handwerkers, even if the tenant refuses to have the work done. Once the tenant is out, allow a person appointed by the court (gutachter) to go into the house first. No matter how tempting it is to go and have a peek at the damage, please resist. The report done is worth its weight in gold.
Follow the gutachter and take photos of everything. Not just the damaged part but show the damage in relation to the whole room.
Be aware that not every person with serious debts may be on the schufa. If a debt is sold onto an inkasso a person could have a serious debt problem. Or they have used many names to incur debts. We have now had our ex tenants put on the schufa.
Have a good solicitor and always be polite to the tenant no matter how aggressive they get.
We won because what the judge called our "concrete" was 100% solid. whatever was said to us, or done to us, we remained calm and polite. As soon as the tenant / landlord relationship started to break down we urged solicitor to solicitor.
We were told initially that we could not repair or sell the house in order to get a payout. However as paying 2 mortgages was crippling us and there was a fear of rats, we did repair, renovate and then sell. We kept photos, receipts and finally got permission to sell before it went through. We didn´t add a few euros on. Everything has been straight down the line.
We found replacing the toilets was cheaper that trying to clean it and stripping the house back to bare bones was easier. we paid a team of painters to come in a do the bulk of the painting. €800 but worth every cent.
Our ex tenants were very nasty and they planted upturned broken bottles all over the lawn. This nearly got my puppy.
there was also poison which sadly killed my older dog.
Do not take your dog to the property until you know it is safe
A stroke of luck was the paper bin men refusing to take the bin because it was full of food and plastic too. we had to arm ourselves with rubber gloves and sort through it. Not only did we find post stolen from our letter box at home but proof of 16 inkasso.
As for us, we are now off for a quiet life by the seaside. We have bought a new house and have our home up for sale with a queue of would be buyers. We will never rent again.
If anyone would like advise then I am happy to help if I can. Happy New Year to you all