Ken Johns

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 12

Ken Johns

10:53 AM, 2nd April 2019, About 3 years ago

Eviction order and one way ticket to Greece?

High court baliff now, but forget the money, you will waste more trying to get it and what assets does he have if even his furniture is on tick. Get the property back, done up and let again, one of the downsides of letting that of course the BBC or others would never report on.... Read More

Ken Johns

9:16 AM, 28th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Trying to raise my EPC rating as tenants moving out?

Have you considered using a different EPC company. I own one of 73 flats in a complex that was built in the 70's and there is various heating in the units from night store to electric central heating (there is no gas). The freehold is owned by the leaseholders and I sit on the board. All the flats are of identical construction, but we have found owners obtain EPC's from D down to F depending on the company they used. When I looked into this deeper with our preferred agent, he tells me that there is no fixed guidance on EPC's, it often depends on interpretation by people who are not surveyors, but have just undertaken a 3 day training course. May be worth you looking on Rightmove at similar properties to yours, and then examining the EPC to find out who completed it and ask them in to advise.... Read More

Ken Johns

10:45 AM, 9th January 2019, About 3 years ago

Fire Inspection - Upgrades required again?

I think you have to be very careful as you cannot seek a professional opinion and then just ignore it because you do not like the answer. I have been in a similar situation to you in the past, but did take the advice and had a system installed, not because of Grenfell or any other disaster, but because as a landlord, I have a responsibility to my tenants to keep them in as safe a condition as is reasonably possible. If you ignore this and had a fire, rest assured the details of the report will come out and I think you may well find that your Insurers would walk away as well as I am sure you will find there is a clause somewhere that says that you should keep the property safe. I do not know if you are new to property letting, but contrary to what the Government seems to think, they are not just cash cows, you do sometimes have to put money back into them. Finally, in any case when you come to sell the property one day, I am sure one question that will be checked upon by the purchasers solicitors is if the property is currently safe.... Read More

Ken Johns

22:32 PM, 17th April 2018, About 4 years ago

Utilities liability - no contract?

Reply to the comment left by Rob Crawford at 17/04/2018 - 11:28
Sorry, did not mean switch off, indeed the opposite. My point was that we have to pay electric companies standing charges during void periods... Read More

Ken Johns

14:29 PM, 17th April 2018, About 4 years ago

My patience is being tested - Should I evict?

But then you get some very helpful people in the world... Read More