Nigel Parry

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

Nigel Parry

12:36 PM, 4th October 2021, About 2 months ago

One HMO tenant left after Section 21?

I think the approach depends on whether you let the rooms on individual AST on the house as a whole AST (e.g. students). The reason I say this, is you state you served a Section 21, not several.
If as a whole, because the property is not vacated, the other 'tenants' still have an obligation to pay rent. This can be a great leverage on the other tenants who will badger the last tenant to leave.
If individual ASTs then it is more difficult.
Going through the eviction process will take months, and I know the temptation is to relet the other rooms, but if you do that then the tenant may have an argument when you come to court to evict that your actions in reletting are contrary to the Section 21 request. It will depend on the Judge as to what happens.
Offer the tenant a mediation service? This will show willing to the Judge. I agree with others that you need to find a sweet spot for the tenant to move out. If nowhere to go is an issue, contact the local council as they have an obligation to rehouse, and despite some actions by Councils in denying this, Government directives are clear that service of a Section 21 is where the obligation starts and not when a bailiff comes knocking. Offer to pay deposit on new premises?
But always get the tenant to agree to surrender the tenancy if you reach an agreement, and don't hand over any money until that declaration is signed and you have the keys in your hand.
I would suggest continuing with eviction proceedings anyway, just in case you can't reach an agreement.
Hope that helps... Read More

Nigel Parry

1:16 AM, 5th May 2016, About 6 years ago

Property118 Landlords Association - should we?

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "04/05/2016 - 22:57":

Hi Mark,
East Midlands Property Owners or EMPO for short. We have an EXPO starting at 10am this morning if you can get your private jet here in time - only kidding... Read More

Nigel Parry

22:51 PM, 4th May 2016, About 6 years ago

Property118 Landlords Association - should we?

In response to Ed Atkinson and on a more general level; our experience of dealing with the NLA was that they were only interested in 'selling' to our members when we had discussions about creating closer ties to them. We as a landlord association did not feel that was in the best interest of our members and so we withdrew.
We still have excellent relationships with both RLA and NLA, and the waters have been muddied a little bit recently by the announcement by the British Property Federation (BPF) that they are 'changing focus' to lobby on behalf of institutional investment and not individual landlords. We are considering being founder members of a new 'association of associations' body which will include NLA and ARLA, but the figures being thrown around just don't seem to be worth it. Perhaps this proposition from Mark will be the foundation on which to build on?
I would certainly consider a recommendation for our association to 'purchase' shares in the new organisation. This could be interesting.... Read More

Nigel Parry

22:29 PM, 4th May 2016, About 6 years ago


Mark, it is excellent that you have managed to mobilise an effort to take WBBS to task. This case will have ramifications beyond, as you mention Bank of Ireland, to name just one. A lot of my landlords (when I ran a Lettings Agency) were incensed at the 'random' hike imposed. Most took their cases to the Ombudsman and failed, so this will, hopefully, give them all hope for the future.

I do, however, need to take you to task a little bit over your comment, "landlords associations continually fail to represent landlords when it really counts". As a director of EMPO, the regional association for landlords in the East Midlands, we have taken a Council to judicial review on the basis of their flawed implementation of escalated Licensing, which left us with a legal bill of nearly £50,000. Whilst this is significantly smaller than your pot, we as an association took the decision to fund the action (with landlord's approval and some contributions) on the basis that it was in the best interests of the region that we represented, and went some way to persuade other councils in the area away from implementing a similar regime without consultation.

Our pockets may not be as deep, but we have nonetheless taken a stand when in the interests of our membership. We have also backed other associations (both in terms if finance and time) in some other battles that have been made over the last few years. It is only the lack of media interest (despite our PR efforts) that has removed these fights from your radar, but please believe me there have been a few, albeit not as high profile.

We all hope the verdict will be based on rational reasoning and not political bias. Well done and keep up the good work.... Read More

Nigel Parry

11:58 AM, 18th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Asking for readers experiences of purchasing Freehold please

Collective Enfranchisement (CE)- we as a group are going through this at the moment. Our journey is a bit different to yours in that the Freeholder is offering it out to leaseholders before going to auction. Do not be fooled, though, it is a legal requirement to offer it to leaseholders first.
My advice is to do your utmost to get it. You will need 'buy in' from a set number of leaseholders and there are rules governing who would be regarded as 'qualifying' to be able to participate in the purchase. There are several CE specialists that can help for a fee. Your first port of call would be to knock on doors and see who is interested.

You could also purchase the freehold on your own without anyone else, but that will be expensive. There is a set process to follow for CE so please ensure you get good advice before embarking on your journey. By all means message me back if you need any help.... Read More