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Legionella testing on a single private dwelling – really?


I rent out a property which belonged to my mother before she died. It is a 3 bed semi with an enclosed (multi-point) central heating system. My agent insists I have a Legionella report done on the property. Do I really need one, they have threatened to terminate my contract if I don’t have it… Read more


Tenant demanding 2 months rent back plus deposit


So back in 2011 I use to take 2 months rent in advance and no official deposit. With this particular tenant this is what I did. 6 months passed and I renewed the tenancy with a new 6month AST. By this time I had realised that I should be properly registering a deposit and keeping… Read more


Will the Judge issue a possession order whilst tenant is in Hospital?

I purchased a flat to let a couple years ago. We have had the same tenant in for the full period. Although there have been several months of late payments, he has generally not been a problem. He has always suffered with kidney problems and this has left out of work on occassions, hence the… Read more

home invasion

Immigrants en mass invade my property ?


Well my agent and I have been well and truly had. I’m a portfolio landlord and builder, and have just finished extensive renovation of a 2 bed terrace locally. Due to poor health I instructed a local agent friend to source me tenants and we chose very a plausible and presentable Polish working couple. They… Read more


Newham are not granting any further change of use permissions?

I might have to sell my house because Newham council won’t let me let it to a group of professional sharers. It’s too expensive and large for most families (agents suggest 2k pcm) and Newham council have said they are not granting any more planning permission for change of use, which I have to have… Read more


Tenant’s actions have made flat a Health and Safety danger


My tenant has a serious drink problem and has damaged the flat so badly it has caused a serious Health and Safety issue. The power points are hanging off the wall, the kitchen has evidence of a messy hob top fire and there is mold everywhere from lack of ventilation. On top of this I… Read more


Can I request information about my LHA tenants from the Council?


I have a vague idea at the back of my mind that the council will give me more information about my LHA tenants if I get the to fill in and sign a form. Anyone know what its called – or am I dreaming? Cheers Allan

I am just about to serve section 21 notice

I am just about to serve a section 21


I am just about to serve a section 21 on my tenants who have gone from an AST, to a periodic tenancy. I changed the dates of payment for rent to the 1st day of each month; this was to give the tenants some breathing space with regards payment of rent. After giving them three… Read more

Inadvertant Buy to Let

Inadvertent buy-to-let


I’ve just bought a new property which we would like to make our personal residence but in the interim requires a large amount of work. As a result we are living elsewhere whilst the works are carried out.   During the works it is likely that we will rent out a portion of the house,… Read more

Flying the flag for Scotland

Smoke & heat detectors legislation for landlords in Scotland

I have just been told that heat detectors are now a requirement in rental properties in Scotland and that smoke detectors are required in more rooms now.  I have been unable to find any new legislation on this matter. Could someone please advise me on the legality of this and where to find the said… Read more

Property Repair - while awaiting eviction

Property Repair – while awaiting eviction

After almost a year, I finally obtained a possession order, with the agreement of the tenant, that they will move out and hand the property back to me on 11th August. the property will require redecorating, and some minor repairs before the next tenant moves in. However, I do not expect the tenant to move… Read more

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