Lisé Willcox

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Lisé Willcox

21:05 PM, 25th October 2016, About 5 years ago

How to approach replacing a set of something when only one has been damaged?

If the tenants/dogs are still there, I would leave it, one day the pooch might get bored and do it again... I have 3 indoor dogs, they chew between 4 months and 2 years old, then again in their elderly years (14 year old staffy with dementia ate a door he took offence too), if they are neglected the same will occur too.

If they are not in residence, perhaps replace them, I use an online door scheme to do this if they are obsolete.

Or if the tenant is complaining, task them with it. Or;

Sand the damage til it's flush, fill it with wood filler, sand it again. Then use frog tape and mark a neat edge above the damage (I'm presuming its on the bottom edge or side). And then mark off the same amount on each door and use a kitchen or cupboard paint, a contrasting colour?.. Use a sponge pad.

Good luck and best wishes

Sounds a cheap fix but if the dogs are still there....

I wish you luck, I've had this with skirting board but as yet not cupboard doors, pity the pups got locked in the kitchen!... Read More

Lisé Willcox

0:48 AM, 19th October 2016, About 5 years ago

Can a theoretical deposit be relabelled rent?

I personally believe a landlord should have at least 6 months worth of rent in reserve, some evictions can take that long... Christmas, young children or disability means evictions will take sometime. A landlord also needs to have enough to deal with emergency boiler replacements... I once had two go for completely different reasons in the same week.

In these times of financial change and Universal Credit, Christmas looming ... Well double it and watch carefully..... This industry is hard work.... But I really appreciate my good tenants.... And they are on the Christmas list too!... Read More

Lisé Willcox

19:45 PM, 18th October 2016, About 5 years ago

Judge To Look Into Why Tenants Are Not Prosecuted For Criminal Damage & Theft

No offence taken. If your ever in Somerset come try the chilli chocolate and cider sausages! As for the pension ... Well that's another story.... ?
Returning to Marks original post though ...having discussed it with policing friends is really a matter of applying common sense....

You can get insurance for most damage but you need to weigh up the long term effect on your no claims record. You can involve the police, but unless your tenant admits it then I see no point.
Let me tell you a little sorry story so that you may see I'm not joking... I have mentioned my injury and here is the lesson I learnt about 'Men's Rea' or 'intent'..for criminal damage and some other offences you must prove intent for criminal charges, the CPS and then possibly a jury have to be convinced of the mental intention, an 'act' alone is simply not enough in a criminal court... For example a dog in a LOCKED HOT car... The intent is to save its life, therefore smashing the window is not criminal damage. However for myself I arrested (while alone) a fleeing drunk driver.. The driver I did detain...but got ferociously assaulted ... It really was a bad shift indeed! he was never prosecuted because he declared due to the alcohol he could not recall what happened. FACT with no witness it was down to only my word, and that be ot enough for a charge. The assault was dropped by the CPS, l had a back fusion... And eventually retired. Enough said. The CPS insist on high guilty probability 'beyond all reasonable doubt'. The civil route is ok if the offender has an income and the burden of proof is easier 'balance of probabilities'. My varied life experiences have led me to move fast on repairs, make regular checks, compromise with kids, (recently had a 5 year boy old pee in a socket...(bless) so a little payment plan there, thank goodness socket was safe! I kind of negotiate, or basically repair and bite the bullet, it's annoying but court I guarantee ain't fun either.... I wish you luck with one of the most frustrating aspects of our profession...
Off to make marmalade Pork sausages!! ?... Read More

Lisé Willcox

21:02 PM, 16th October 2016, About 5 years ago

Judge To Look Into Why Tenants Are Not Prosecuted For Criminal Damage & Theft

Reply to the comment left by "Jay James" at "16/10/2016 - 19:59":

I guess I have done a lot... Currently shopping for houses in Bridgwater exceeds the thrill of all ....but the latest sausage recipes.

6 years in insurance, incorporating some boring legal exams, 19 years policing (injured so retired), married and quite brilliant X wild boar breeder and sausage maker too... Well you need a larf when your a social housing landlord .... And have faced down TB on the home front... Have no fear ....I'm real, and I enjoy what I do, but I have gone rather grey now! And only 49 ! I'm sure G Osbourne's legacy will make some of it fall out too, but I follow this site and am currently going ltd.. A bit slowly but yes ...?... Read More

Lisé Willcox

20:13 PM, 16th October 2016, About 5 years ago

Judge To Look Into Why Tenants Are Not Prosecuted For Criminal Damage & Theft

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "16/10/2016 - 20:04":

Thank you Mark... I am but a simple, well intentioned and unfortunately quite experienced Landlord... Learning daily ....... Read More