Here is a question to the blog clinic from Marc who is a landlord
My tenant has removed several cupboards and shelves that were built into alcoves what can I do?
It can be very annoying when tenants do this sort of thing, but there may not be much you can do to force them to replace the cupboard now, short of expensive court proceedings.
Your most obvious remedy is to claim the cost of replacement and making good from their deposit when they leave.
If the building works done by tenants constitutes a major change to the property (and I am not sure, not having seen the cupboards and shelves, whether this is the case here) there may be scope for getting an injunction to stop them doing any further work of this nature and maybe an order that they re-instate the property to its original condition so far as is possible.
However an injunction is a serious court remedy used mostly for issues such as violence between spouses and the like. I doubt whether it would be granted in connection with the removal of cupboards and shelves.
It is also possible that the tenants unauthorised changes to the property, which no doubt are in breach of his tenancy agreement, could be the basis for a claim for possession. This would be under one of the discretionary grounds though, so if the tenant defends you could be in for a long drawn out and expensive claim.
You may however be able to get an order for possession suspended so long as the tenants re-instate the items and/or do not do any further work of this nature. But I cannot say for sure, never having run a case like this.
What does everyone else think?