Good Landlord, Bad Letting Agent

Good Landlord, Bad Letting Agent

14:39 PM, 1st September 2014, About 7 years ago 13

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My letting agent is now 4 months late paying any rent to myself.  Good Landlord, Bad Letting Agent

The payments have never been on a regular basis, always different weeks but always paid and I thought “better the devil you know” rather than trying to find another agent and possibly paying a cancellation fee.

Now after weeks of ringing and only getting to speak to secretaries with promises of it being sorted I now need to look at further action.

Is it just a case of solicitors and small claims court or can I report them for theft?

The property is in Scotland by the way but I live in Sheffield.

Best regards

Ian Lawson



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by Ian Lawson

10:14 AM, 8th September 2014, About 7 years ago

Many thanks for all the advice,it is much appreciated......Ian.

by Neil Robb

21:56 PM, 8th September 2014, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Rosalind Beck" at "08/09/2014 - 09:03":

Hi Rosalind

Tenant smashes up your property is not a civil matter it is criminal damage. I don't know where you live. it sounds like the police man could not be bothered to do their job. It is typical for them to say it is a civil matter but when you pursue it and don't give up. The police then have to act.

Recently my tenant move out taking my possession this is theft. After being given the run around by the police involved for a matter of weeks and being rudely told this was a civil mater. I followed this up, the police asked me to provide receipts which I could for some of the items. Two months later I sent an email asking what was happening was told they could not get a hold of tenant even though she was living across the street with my possessions. I pointed this out in an email.

Last week I sent another email asking what was happening. I was informed a file has been sent to the DPP. If this goes no where I will put in an official compliant against the police for failing to act.

I will pursue this as it is not fair as a landlord we always get bad press and so often it is a tenant trying to blame someone else for there situation.

What I have effectively done is keep written record of all my actions and put into writing so I have a record and responses from the police.

Mark Alexander in the forum has in the past used the correct term which I can not recall about letting agents taking money and not passing it on to the landlord.

If you don't try you wont know.

by Sandra9 Sandra

19:37 PM, 17th September 2014, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Robb" at "08/09/2014 - 21:56":

I often think, could financing be the way forward? After reading Mark Alexanders piece about his own business model “Basic fundamentals of a buy to let property investment strategy” I feel it is most definitely the way forward. Marks article has helped me understand financing in a positive way and look at things from a different angle. He is completely right about cash being king. My main problem at this stage is I currently live in the Isle of Man and lenders seem a bit vague about IOM and UK properties. I do have another property in the UK which is mortgaged and unfortunately was bought just before the crash. I paid £319,000 for it. Beautiful house and brand new. I deposited £97k in to it and mortgaged the rest on interest only. After having dropped massively when I first bought it, now it has steadily increased over the last 3 years up to approx: £295 – £300k.


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