Reading through posts this seems an all too often occurrence!
Our tenants stopped paying rent in December, then paid up for December during January when they received the 'Hussier' letter (we started the process quick as they had done the same thing for 2 months last summer).
Then of course they didn't pay January and also defaulted on the following 3 months. But during February they also gave notice of 4th May as their move out date. This apparently 're-sets' the timings for the hussier and also for any default payment insurance so we had to start all that again. Unfortunately our letting agency are incompetent, and that's being nice to them. They have let the tenants get away with everything and only act when we push them to do so.
The pre-departure inspection was (allegedly) done by the agency on the 24th April to give the tenant time to repair any faults. We were informed the house and garden were in good order.
Now after the final inspection we receive a list of faults that have not been rectified including the statement that the locked storeroom door in the basement (where some of our belongings were stored) has been forced open and a new ill fitting door put in its place. Note that it clearly states in the contract that this room is not to be entered.
Now I come to the questions - since it seems the agency have been lying to us and did not carry out any pre-inspection (and have also admitted in an email that they did not carry out any regular inspections at any point) do I have a breach of contract and the right to cancel immediately?
Also with reference to the tenants forcing access to a locked room and possible theft of items (at this point we have not made it up to the house to view as we have just relocated to a new country for work) - this is an assumption based on the fact that other items have been taken, including 2 smoke alarms which were fitted to the ceilings, should I involve the Gendarmerie?
All replies gratefully accepted. I hope to get up there next week to deal with the agency and see the state of the house for myself.