Sharon Crossland

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 9th August 2013


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Sharon Crossland

9:35 AM, 5th October 2013
About 6 years ago

Enforcement not legislation - PRS Hit Squads

Reply to the comment left by "Ben Reeve-Lewis" at "04/10/2013 - 19:06":

Well done Ben!

Does this mean more money for you??

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Sharon Crossland

9:29 AM, 4th October 2013
About 6 years ago

Enforcement not legislation - PRS Hit Squads

Reply to the comment left by "Ben Reeve-Lewis" at "02/10/2013 - 16:44":

Hi Ben,

Fantastic to read what is being achieved by yourself and your colleagues and I am a firm believer of a 'joined up' approach.

As the resident manager for the block of flats in which I live I work regularly with my local borough in terms of ensuring that the flats in which private landlords place tenants in are fit to live in. I regularly use HHSRS to get the council in when a tenant has come to me for advice and help and to date I don't have any ongoing issues when this has been deployed.

These private landlords are not however on council-led schemes but have simply placed their flats with a letting agent (usually closely affiliated with them) which means that they are not immediately on the councils radar.

Whilst I can change this once I am made aware of it (many tenants are not familiar with their rights and English is not their first language) sometimes the problems go on for a long time without my knowledge. HMO'S and Selective Licencing mean that landlords are on the radar from the outset but in my experience there is a gaping hole when it comes to other elements of the PRS, i.e. landlords operating in blocks such as mine.

This is why I still think that a simple registration scheme pan-wide is essential to enable the joined up approach to be built upon a solid platform, particularly when landlords can operate with impunityacross boroughs in this part of the PRS,

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Sharon Crossland

14:46 PM, 12th August 2013
About 6 years ago

Landlord Licensing Schemes - Raising Standards or Raising Funds?

Reply to the comment left by "Ben Reeve-Lewis" at "12/08/2013 - 13:25":

Hi Ben 🙂 We are a private block so the tenant has the contract with the landlord in the form of the tenancy agreement but the tenant doesn't have a contract with the freeholder. The landlord has a contract with the freeholder in the terms of the lease. However, the freeholder doesn't have a contract with the subtenant so we are reliant on landlords issuing eviction notices when required.

Some leases may say there is no restriction on subletting but being able to place a restriction on unfettered subletting is considered a way of maintaining the standard of a block. So, a new lease could say that whilst there is no restriction on subletting, the subtenant has to enter into a direct covenant with the freeholder to observe all the terms and conditions of the lease, a clause that would be inserted into the tenancy agreement. There was however, concern from prospective landlords that this could end up with the subtenant being presented with a very lengthy document containing all the lease covenants, which could put them off.

It's a tricky one but as ever I take your comments on board. The positive outcome for me has been that despite the assaults and injuries, and the hard work, we have shown the landlords on our block that we mean business and have got some of them quite well trained! As I said in an earlier post I appreciate the help I do get from the council. I may have to push to get it, but I often do get it! The Safer Neighbourhood Police Team have also been fantastic! :)... Read More

Sharon Crossland

13:11 PM, 12th August 2013
About 6 years ago

Landlord Licensing Schemes - Raising Standards or Raising Funds?

Reply to the comment left by "Ben Reeve-Lewis" at "12/08/2013 - 12:46":

As usual I appreciate the response Ben and the link :). No one signs up for the kind of abuse you and I have suffered and councils and landlords are in stalemate as to who should deal with such behaviour. My council says the landlord is responsible as its a civil matter, the landlords say its the council's responsibility as they have plenty of mechanisms at their disposal and there's me left slap bang in the middlle all by myself! I'm not one to buck pass and I'm clear on my responsibilities to the freeholder but there are limits!... Read More

Sharon Crossland

12:32 PM, 12th August 2013
About 6 years ago

Landlord Licensing Schemes - Raising Standards or Raising Funds?

Reply to the comment left by "HB Welcome" at "12/08/2013 - 12:14":

Not really. A response is always welcome even if it is in the negative. However what do you say to a councils stance which is that 'ASB committed by tenants is the responsibility of the landlord as it is civil matter' but landlords say 'LA's have enough mechanisms at their disposal to deal with it themselves'. I'm not a landlord and I'm not the council. Still down to me to deal with it? I have already done so but not without extreme risk to mine and my partners person as I have photographs of the black eyes, bruises and gouges to prove it!... Read More