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Sanity check required!

Sanity check required!

25/08/2016

Myself and my wife are established BTL landlords with a high value portfolio of six properties in London. The net result taxwise is that we both now have incomes of just above the higher rate limit of £43K and no other income. The purpose of the portfolio is purely is to provide a long term… Read more

New tenanat wants to bring his own gas cooker

New tenanat wants to bring his own gas cooker

I have a new family moving in 1/10/2016 who wish to bring there own gas cooker. Do I have any legal responsibility to get the tenants own gas cooker they want to install gas safety checked or is it their responsibility to use a gas safe installer of cookers? I appreciate that I need a gas safety certificate… Read more

The true costs of taking a management company to 1st tier tribunal

The true costs of taking a management company to 1st tier tribunal

I have just had a very traumatic experience after taking a freehold management company to 1st tier tribunal over a costs dispute. This is my story of how winning £800 cost me over £14,000. In 2014 I took a managing agent to a 1st Tier Tribunal and they were ordered to repay unreasonable service charges. The tribunal made… Read more

Eviction due to landlord not paying the mortgage?

Eviction due to landlord not paying the mortgage?

24/08/2016

I private rented with no letting agents, had a basic tenancy agreement and paid my rent each month. The landlord wasn’t paying his mortgage and now the house has been repossessed leaving my family homeless. We got the letter informing us of eviction 6th July, this is when I refused to pay the rent for… Read more

Housing benefit for related tenant?

Housing benefit for related tenant?

23/08/2016

Has anyone had a success with a housing benefit claim where they own a family members property and rent it back to them? I purchased my parents unencumbered home (for market value) in order to pay for renovations and to repay some of their debts. Almost 10 years on they have decided to claim housing… Read more

Guaranteed rent agent not paying and laws broken!

Guaranteed rent agent not paying and laws broken!

I have given a few properties to a guaranteed rent agency to manage, handle licences, bills, tenancies etc. I gave most of them early last year with a one year contract. Since handing them over, I have been out of the country and having just returned to attend a wedding. I have found illegal partitions,… Read more

Complaint going in to the BBC over attitude towards landlords

Complaint going in to the BBC over attitude towards landlords

22/08/2016

I have to say that I was disgusted to read the article on this mornings BBC news page with regards to how much landlords are ‘lining’ their pockets from housing benefit claimants…. the title ‘Private landlords double housing benefit haul to £9.3bn’ suggest to me that private landlords are somehow stealing this money! Clearly landlords… Read more

Maintenance and Shared Ownership

Maintenance and Shared Ownership

There are 4 apartments in the unit. The 4 owners bought the freehold so that they could control maintenance and costs. One of the owners is questioning who has the right to suggest what remedial work is required, and who should be responsible for payment. His view appears to be that no work should be… Read more

Change of student tenant during tenancy

Change of student tenant during tenancy

I have a student (international students) let in a HMO and one of the tenants want to leave (its a month into her tenancy) and go back to her home country as she is unwell. I understand that she is liable for the full contract for the term however she can find a replacement tenant… Read more

Is an AST effective if the deposit has not been paid in full?

Is an AST effective if the deposit has not been paid in full?

I allowed a DSS couple have access to an empty 2 bed mid terraced property on the basis that their DSS application would be successful and all monies concluded within four working days. Today fourteen working days have passed and deposit monies have not been collected in full £250 of £595 due. No rental money… Read more

What are the repercussions of cancelling signed AST?

What are the repercussions of cancelling signed AST?

19/08/2016

As a landlord can I ask what the repercussions are of having to cancel a Student Let AST due to the council not approving the property as an HMO. The property was being refurbished and modernised, a reputable Letting Agency drew up the contracts and found student tenants, however in the interim, the local council… Read more

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