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Changing landlords and statutory periodic tenancy

Changing landlords and statutory periodic tenancy


Dear all, A short introduction to my problem:  I have rented a flat since July 1, 2013 on a 12 month agreement. At month 11, the owner was unable to pay his debts and my flat was temporarily managed by another company. Since my tenancy agreement was up, I asked them what to do and… Read more

Harassment by Local Council

Harassment by Local Council

I currently have an issue concerning dealings with the Nottingham City Council HMO Licence. I was granted an HMO licence by the Council in 2009. When I applied to renew my licence I was told that two of the room sizes are two small even though I have not made any changes in the last… Read more

Inflated Building Insurance by Freeholder

Inflated Building Insurance by Freeholder

I currently have some two bed flats in a block where the freehold has recently been  I recently got an insurance bill from them that contains the following items: Annual Ground Rent: £250 (Standard) Annual Building Insurance: £212.82 (Seems a bit expensive. I have a 3br house nearby insured for £130). Insurance Admin Fee: £20… Read more


Help I am being sued for not protecting the deposit


I did not issue a deposit protection scheme for one of my tenants in a shared house. The other tenants have the DPS done within 30 days of deposit, but this tenant has been in since end of Sept. I received a solicitors letter informing me that it is the law and I have to… Read more

Evicting Family Members

Evicting Family Members


I have been in the dubious position of being my father in laws landlord for the past 12-13 years with him paying a fraction of the full market rent to which he has been subsidized by quite a considerable sum over the years.  A considerable family fallout ( surely not ) has caused me to… Read more


When to charge ground rent or service charge?

Thank you Mark and everyone on this website for all comments/articles. I have learned more on Property118 about property and other aspects in the last 6 months since I signed up then ever before. Now for my first post… My question is a simple one… I think… when is it right to charge ground rent… Read more

OM Property Management - Sublet fees and license

OM Property Management – Sublet fees and ‘license’

I suspect I can here the groans already…  I’ve owned a Buy To Let flat for about 10 years. During the purchase consent was given to sublet. Over recent years I’ve been getting correspondence from OM about a License and other fees and I’ll be honest, I always ignore them as I disagree with their… Read more

Council Tax deduction if Lodger is a Student

Council Tax deduction if Lodger is a Student

I am a live-in Landlord, and qualify for the Council Tax single occupant discount. I have just rented out my spareroom to a student, hence can I claim council tax as allowable expenses if my lodger is a student?  Thanks Jane G


Can I own both freehold and leases on a divided house?

We are ( my husband and I ) are trying to purchase a property which consists of a basement flat and a 3 story maisonette ( a Victorian house that has been converted ). The 2 properties are self contained. In trying to get a mortgage for each of these properties we are being told… Read more


No deposit, rent paid or tenancy started by tenants – can I evict


I desperately need advice!!! I am a first time landlord and have made a silly mistake of giving the tenants keys before the tenancy started to help them move things in. It was agreed that they would pay rent and deposit on the first day, but this has failed to happen and now my calls… Read more


Beware of what constitutes a deposit – Is there a definition?

My tenant could not afford a months rent and deposit in advance to secure my property. She really wanted the property and offered to pay four weeks rental in advance. She was honest enough to say that she would not be able to pay future rent in four weekly payments so offered to pay one… Read more

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