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Tenant not paying rent because I don’t have consent to let


I am and a landlord and currently completing eviction orders on a tenant who has not paid his rent in 3 months. A section 21 and section8 have been issued. The tenants defense for non payment is the following: I do not have consent to let my property (which I am currently working on with… Read more

Subletting and deposit protection dilemma

Subletting and deposit protection dilemma

I need some help to get my head around this subletting and deposit protection scenario please.  The landlord (person A) rents a flat to a tenant (person B) on an AST and protects the deposit correctly. However, the tenant then decides to move out and sublet the entire flat to another person (person C), and takes… Read more

Should we offer longer term tenancies

Should we offer longer term tenancies?


Hello everyone, This is the second question I have asked here, thank you for all the fantastic responses last time.  Watching the recent national political debates and attending local political debates there has been mention a few times of forcing landlords to offer longer term tenancies, I have heard three, four and even five year… Read more

Death of a Tenant

Death of a Tenant


My Tenant since 23.07.2007 has died unexpectedly in hospital. He had recently married at the beginning of this year, but without his pension his wife will probably unable to continue to pay the rent beyond his meager savings, which she could take several months to inherit.  I could down size the flat to assist this… Read more


Heat Genius, Good Investment?

I have been a landlord for approximately 3 years.  I have a question about a possible investment, it’s a remote controlled heating system which enables the user to heat up specific locations in the household, as opposed to the whole household simultaneously. It’s supposed to save the user money in the long term (& apparently… Read more

Stamp duty on transfers between spouses

Stamp duty on transfers between spouses


I have owned a property jointly with my husband since 1995. We transferred the mortgage from residential to buy to let in 2002 and now have 3 BTL properties in our portfolio.  My husband is 69 and to remortgage the property we agreed that it will be transferred into my name. Advice from our mortgage… Read more

Need advice on student investment in Lincoln

Need advice on student investment in Lincoln

I’m brand new to property letting and I am contemplating buying a 3 bed terrace or house in Lincoln with a view to renting this out to students on a per room arrangement, I want to know can I do this ? Do I need additional permission from my lender ? Do I need to… Read more


Management company and redress scheme

I wonder if anyone has had a similar issue and can confirm how their local authority has acted (or advised) in relation to whether the redress scheme applies to landlord owned management companies. We own a company to manages our flats (and only our flats) which are let through the council to people in need… Read more


Late, unexpected and excessive service charges

I own a 2 bed flat with a managing agent of the building based up in Nottingham. I receive invoices twice a year for 6 months worth of payments in advance for the management/maintenance of the building (12 flats and 3 business units). The quality of service from this organisation has been appalling with hardly… Read more


Advice required on removing tenant who called the police!

Joint tenants signed 6 month AST, before the 6 months were up (November time) the couple broke up and the wife remained in the property. The husband was asked to write to me expressing his wishes to be removed from the AST, he never did. After the 6 months the wife stayed in the property… Read more


Legionella risk assessment update please


I can see this was discussed last year but thought I would start a new thread rather than resurrect the old thread where the advice and guidance may now be out of date. The agents of my 3 bed residential rental property have just written to me to advise that “ACOP L8 now applies to… Read more

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