My parents (landlord) who are senior citizens, have rented their house in Bangalore to a couple (tenant), for a lease period of 11 months.
The tenant continued to stay after 11 months, by paying the due rent and wanted to vacate the house after 13 months.
The house was damaged by the tenant during their stay of 13 months.
The tenant didn't pay one month's rent and electricity bill for 3 months.
The landlord got the damages repaired in the presence of tenant.
The cost for repairs + rent for one month + elec bill for 3 months exceeded the advance amount and after the calculation, the tenant has to pay the landlord.
But now the tenant is demanding the full refund of the advance amount, but the landlord refused and said that the tenant has to bear the cost of repairs, unpaid rent and electricity bills.
The tenant complained to the local police.
The police and tenant threatened the landlord that they will lock/seal the house if the advance amount is not returned.
My parents got intimidated by the police and gave away the amount and tenant left the premises.
Does the tenant have the any legal right to lock/seal the landlord's house and move away, under these circumstances??
What are options left out for my parents now, to recover the money from the tenant?