Landlord fits new high efficiency boiler in under 24 hours despite tenant owing rent!

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8:51 AM, 10th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Landlord fits new high efficiency boiler in under 24 hours despite tenant owing rent!

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Landlord fits new high efficiency boiler in under 24 hours despite tenant owing rent!

“Landlord fits new high-efficiency boiler in under 24 hours despite tenant owing rent!” Is a headline that won’t be appearing anywhere anytime soon, however that is the reality of being a landlord for most of us on here.

I know because I have just done it, kissing 6 months rent goodbye in the process.

Of course headlines like that don’t sell papers or make good clickbait!

The crazy “Shelter Victories” and “Scum landlords” headlines will always sell more!

Hey-ho, they will miss us when we are gone made extinct by the current and any future Government and the various political lobbyists passing themselves off as Homeless charities.

Amazonia Starbuck


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Prakash Tanna

14:33 PM, 11th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ingrid Bacsa at 11/09/2020 - 07:27
That is unfortunate and i'm sorry to hear that. Did you not have a guarantor when they signed the agreement? Also, being non-British is not an automatic refusal to claiming state help. It is always worth doing some research to see if they can claim and to make sure they are not claiming already and not telling you about it. Here's a link to Shelter which might be helpful ...

https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/benefits/universal_credit_immigration_and_residence_conditions

The Secret Landlord

18:01 PM, 11th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

I think original OP was just venting frustration at system, which I get

Prakash Tanna

9:28 AM, 12th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by The Secret Landlord at 11/09/2020 - 18:01
Agreed and I get it! Honestly, I've had my fair share of issues and it is frustrating when you have to spend money to fix things when rents are not forthcoming, it's not right or fair!

UC have made it easier to apply for direct payments and my advise to anybody who has rent arrears would be to use the link below and ask for an arrangement, even if you don't know if the tenant is claiming or not. They tend to respond within 1-2days and will either agree it, give a generic reason why not or advise the claimant does not exist. It takes mins to complete and the potential gain is worth it .....

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-alternative-payment-arrangements/alternative-payment-arrangements

As with tenants, many Landlords, imo, bury their heads in the sand too and do nothing. That achieves nothing.

Michael Bond

12:21 PM, 12th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Amazonia must have a very good relationship with her plumber and have been lucky that the wholesaler had a suitable boiler in stock at the time. These are the sort of things that make it difficult to meet a deadline of 24 hours. More often it takes several days. Does any registered provider of social housing even considering trying to meet such a timescale? I remember hearing a radio programme (yes BBC !!!) in which a speaker who was a Council tenant said that she had been waiting 3 months for a more minor repair--- I think it was a dripping tap --but then hastily added that she was very pleased with the Council's service!

Smartermind

21:23 PM, 12th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Adrian Jones at 10/09/2020 - 09:40The landlord would have had to replace a broken boiler irrespective of whether the tenant was in rent arrears or not. So the six months loss of rent is a red herring. Perhaps the landlord shouldn't have rushed it with the government's green incentives. It's good she did, but presumably leaving the tenant without hot water would have put the landlord in hot water! Getting it done within 24 hours is indeed noteworthy!

AMAZONIA STARBUCK

12:47 PM, 13th September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

The plumber is one I have used for my own house,the actual timescale was, I got the phone call of doom Wednesday morning from the gas safety certificate plumber.
Checked around for any grants, none available in Scotland.
Called the plumber that I had used for my house ,we met on Wed evening at the flat, he called his plumber merchant to confirm boiler in stock at 7.30 PM!
He had his team free on Thursday,then text me to say boiler installed by 3 PM .
BTW , I am still waiting for the same plumber to fit 2 new radiators in my house!
If only I had a landlord to complain to ! 🙂
I think every landlord on here should post what they actually do on here anything to take away the unfair negativity that is posted about us.

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