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Recommendations for International Tenant Referencing?

Recommendations for International Tenant Referencing?

29/04/2016

Can anyone recommend a good referencing agency for tenants who have recently lived overseas? I am only aware of one, TenantVerify, and am unable to find any reviews, positive or negative. The tenants I have in mind come from Romania, and all I can find about tenant referencing within Romania is from this EU document… Read more

Shared rental income now unravelling!

Shared rental income now unravelling!

For a couple of years now, my unmarried partner and I have been sharing rental income from her old (leasehold) flat, which she owns outright. It never occurred to us that we couldn’t split the income in this way. It was a way of rewarding me for loss of rent-a-room income when she moved into… Read more

Changing 6month advanced rent to paying monthly?

Changing 6month advanced rent to paying monthly?

27/04/2016

My tenant has been paying their rent six months in advance for the last year. They’ve now asked to pay monthly. Anything I should be aware of, do I need another credit check? Many thanks Ian

Deduction of tenant debt from Housing Benefit?

Deduction of tenant debt from Housing Benefit?

Could anyone please let me know if it is possible to have a small sum of money deducted from a tenant’s housing or other benefit payment following an eviction where the tenant has got a county court judgment. I know this may seem a futile exercise where a landlord claiming would probably only get a… Read more

Tenant disappears after a CCJ was lodged against her?

Tenant disappears after a CCJ was lodged against her?

A woman rented one of our properties and then left leaving it in a terrible condition. We lodged a small claims court against her and the bailiffs were sent to her fathers house where she lives. He lives in a very expensive house in Cheshire and so could have paid off her debt, but now… Read more

Refused payment on service charge?

Refused payment on service charge?

I have paid our landlord by cheque our service charge less an amount that I am in dispute hence not the full amount asked for. They have refused the cheque and say that it has been shredded and have now employed a solicitor to collect arrears! As far as I am concerned the cheque is… Read more

Small block of 6 flats with no block policy insurance?

Small block of 6 flats with no block policy insurance?

26/04/2016

I have a flat in a small block of 6 flats. We do not have a communal entrance or communal hallways. Each flat has its own individual front door, almost like a house. As per terms of the lease, Freeholders do not provide us with block insurance or any maintenance. We each maintain our own… Read more

Tenant caused extensive damage and now refuses to pay rent!

Tenant caused extensive damage and now refuses to pay rent!

I have a tenant who has caused extensive damage to my property on numerous occasions in the last few months. He’s been charged with criminal damage twice; convicted once, and pled not guilty to the latest charge claiming the police broke down the door to the property, therefore they are liable. The reason the police… Read more

What is the definition of a habitable lounge?

What is the definition of a habitable lounge?

Does anyone know what would need to be done to a conservatory in order for it to become habitable space? When Hammersmith and Fulham Council granted my HMO license, they said that the house would have to have a room dedicated for use as “tenant lounge” by 2018. They said that they’ve found fewer social… Read more

Laminate floor flood damage and tenants withholding 2 months rent – feeling overwhelmed!

Laminate floor flood damage and tenants withholding 2 months rent – feeling overwhelmed!

I thought I would share a recent experience. I wrongly assumed that all types of laminate flooring is covered under landlord’s building insurance and that my insurance would cover everything other than the tenants’ contents. Na├»ve? Probably. My rental property had a major flood from a leak under the kitchen floor. It has saturated the… Read more

Student issues with smoking all kinds of stuff?

Student issues with smoking all kinds of stuff?

25/04/2016

I am sharing flat with a group of people. One of them has consistently demonstrated aggression and constantly smokes all kinds of stuff indoors, including communal space. I have complained to the landlord and they claim that something is been done. However this bad behavior has continued. As we are in a basement flat, I… Read more

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