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Buy to Let Catch-22 Situation


I have been attempting to buy a Buy to Let property now for some time now (at least six months) but have hit an impasse. I and the vendor have agreed a price and I have had a 75% LTV buy-to-let mortgage application approved. However, the property needs renovating – new GCH, kitchen and bathroom… Read more

Paul Shamplina Landlord Action

Using a section 21 should not be considered a Revenge Eviction

I would like to provided clarity over what constitutes a Revenge Eviction, and what is simply a landlord serving notice without giving a reason, after concerns have been raised that the term was being misused in the media, giving good landlords a bad name. The Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) recently revealed that twice as many… Read more

Leaseholder or Freeholder who is responsible

Freeholder Gone Bust and I can’t Extend my Lease


I own a flat in a block of six, all six owners have agreed to purchase the Freehold. The Freeholder was dissolved in 2002, our solicitor has contacted the Treasurys Solicitors Dept, who have replied to say that that companies assets are distributed to persons entitled, no interest was passed to the Crown as bona… Read more


My landlord is being evicted and gave me a 4 days notice to leave as well

I have been sub-renting a bedroom since February 2013. The couple who is sub-renting me the room have received a court order to evacuate the property on the 29th of July 2014. However, they only told me this on 25th of July at 11pm. I had a contract with them which was running for a… Read more


Disappearing Tenant

I will try and keep this to the point; Tenant moved in Christmas Eve, signed the tenancy agreement as a rolling one month. Not received rent for the last two months despite texting, phoning, writing several letters, but no response. Visited the property last week, all curtains and blinds closed, garden overgrown and was met… Read more


Accountant appears to have let me down?


I have just received back my accounts from who I thought was a very good Chartered Accountant . I have been looking for ways to reduce my tax bill and came across Property118 advising ways to reduce liability. One of the ways was to distribute some of the rental profits around the family using your… Read more

Garden Plans

Odd shaped garden – not sure if I should invest?

I  would like some advice on purchasing a house with odd shaped garden, for Buy to Let purposes. The house is perfectly placed, in  good condition, but the garden is sort of “V” shaped, just 7 feet at the back. Open Garden area is still available overall around 25-30 feet. The area is in demand… Read more

Section 21

Section 21 update – Spencer v Taylor

As reported by Nearly Legal concerning section 21 rules the tenant in Spencer v Taylor has been refused permission to appeal in the Supreme Court, because of the lack of an arguable point of law. Therefore the Court of Appeal decision stands: “Where an assured Shorthold tenancy has had a fixed term and a statutory… Read more


Prospective Tenants not happy for visit – Should this ring alarm bells?


We have a nice big modern rental property and from taking on board a thread on here I asked my agent to ask my new prospective tenants if I could visit them in their home. My agent was absolutely shocked and said this had never happened before but would ask the ‘tenant’. She got back… Read more


COUNTY COURT – The request for a Possession Order is premature?

I am a landlord that has applied to the local county court for possession of my property. My tenant has received a letter :- “The request for a Possession Order is premature, being only 4 days after issue and the same day as deemed service” What should I do now as a landlord Thanks Jaz

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