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Replacement windows – do they need to be fire escape?

31/01/2015

I have just bought my first property to rent. The first floor windows need replacing. The current windows have a top opener only and is about 20% of the total. I have heard that I may need to have bottom openers which allow fire escape? Can I replace like for like or do I need… Read more

Defending A Tenancy Deposit Counterclaim

Defending A Tenancy Deposit Counterclaim

Hi, Probably been answered before however …. Deposit wasn’t protected, but the tenant decided to use the deposit in lieu of the last months rent. It seems I reluctantly agreed. at least that is what he is saying.  I am in the middle of court proceedings after asking him to leave for sub-letting the property,… Read more

Does buying BTL through a limited company make more sense for me

Does buying BTL through a limited company make more sense for me?

For my main job (nothing to do with property) I work through my own limited company, taking around £8k in wages per year and £30k in dividends. This is just enough to keep me out of the higher tax bracket. Over a few years this has left me with enough money sitting in my company’s… Read more

Prescribed information on Tenant Renewal

Prescribed information on Tenant Renewal

I have a tenant that stays in a room on a separate AST. Their contract comes to an end on 31st January 2015 and a signed contract for 1st Feb 2015 to 31st July 2015 was signed on 8th December 2014. Prescribed information on Tenant Renewal My question is when do I have to reissue… Read more

Man Hanging on a Scale While Another Man Fills Dish

Proposed £75 increase to possession claim court fee

30/01/2015

Following on from the announcement of increases to court fees for money claims, there are now plans afoot to increase the fee for a possession claim by £75.  Possession claim court fees last went up in April 2014. The fees introduced at that time are as follows for proceedings started in: • High Court –… Read more

Will there be less Solicitors in the future

Will there be fewer Solicitors in the future?

In most countries there are only lawyers, the phenomenon of Solicitors and Barristers is relatively unique to the UK.  From my personal perspective, solicitors are a bit like GP’s, i.e. they offer initial consultations and refer to specialists. However, with the deregulation of many aspects of law, solicitors now have to compete. A good example… Read more

Cutting out the middle man (Letting property without estate agents)

Cutting out the middle man (Letting property without estate agents)

I am a Landlord with a small portfolio of properties in London (mostly within Zone 2). I am using the services of various estate agents but after experiencing everything from bad tenants to having to do everything myself (despite signing up for a “management service”) – to put it bluntly, I feel ripped off, and… Read more

West Brom Tracker Judgement

Mark Robert Alexander vs West Bromwich Mortgage Company High Court Judgement

29/01/2015

Today was Judgement Day in the case of Mark Robert Alexander (me) vs the West Bromwich Mortgage Company. I was representing a group of 360 affected borrowers, who between them contributed nearly £500,000 to fund the legal action. I am extremely disappointed to report that we didn’t get the News we were so desperately hoping… Read more

Tenant is billing me for refurb work he claims he's done

Tenant is billing me for refurb work he claims he’s done!

26/01/2015

I am evicting a tenant with a section 8 in ten days time.  The tenant has just issued me with repair bills which he claims to have done during his contract. No notification has been give as to any works being required. The works include replacing all taps, lifting and refitting carpets due to noisy… Read more

Neighbour will do work whether we like it or not

Neighbour will do work whether we like it or not!

There are builders currently working next door to one of our rental houses. They say they are converting a 4-bed into a 7-bed house, including a loft conversion and a ground floor extension. The agent is liaising on the landlord’s behalf.  The agent has said they are doing the side extension – we don’t yet… Read more

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