Heather G.

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 11th March 2016

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Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

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Heather G.

17:04 PM, 22nd October 2020
About a month ago

Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill 2019-21

Reply to the comment left by James D at 16/10/2020 - 14:49
Hi James, did you write a letter and if so, would you be willing to share it here so we can use it as a base for our own letter(s)? Have you sent it to Jenrick et al too?
Some other thoughts in addition to those already given:
- 200 dogs rehomed pa but according to the Mirror in 2016 2,000 children were hospitalised having been savaged by dogs. According to the Telegraph, more than 200,000 people a year are estimated to be bitten by dogs in England. PDSA reports there are 10.9m pet cats, 9.9m pet dogs and 900K pet rabbits in the UK.
- How would a vet know if the animal is well behaved and the owner responsible? Would they have to produce a certificate of some kind and how much would that cost, how long would it be valid and would they need a new one each time they move (another stealth tenant tax)?
- What about new pet owners? How can anyone certify they are responsible or that the pet is well behaved?
- How would this give "peace of mind" to landlords?
- Regardless of how well behaved a pet is, when it gets old, it gets incontinent.
- What happens if every tenant wanted to have a cat/dog - a HMO could end up with 5, 10 or more animals in one house (think of the fights!)
- Will there be any limit on the number of pets each tenant is allowed to have in the property?
- France, Belgium, Germany & Switzerland have outlawed blanket ban, not brought into the RIGHT for a tenant to have a pet.
-The 5 week deposit means that if a tenant doesn't pay the last month's rent we only have 1 week's rent to repair the property and that certainly wouldn't cover the cost of replacing the carpets. (Not sure about the situation with zero deposit schemes).
- With the proposed S21 revocation, how would we effectively remove a tenant with a dangerous/poorly behaved animal and keep the other tenants and neighbours safe?
- What about tenants with allergies and respiratory issues - don't they have rights?
-And then there's the issue of neighbours. Who wants to live beside a veritable kennel?
- What about someone who wants to bring their pet tarantula and another tenant is an arachnophobe? Or a reptile?
- Who is responsible if the tenant disappears and leaves the animal in the property?
- What if a neighbour complains that a dog is left locked in the house for 12 hours a day barking its head off - what recourse would a landlord have?
- Can we insist on pet insurance in case of damage or is this excluded by the Tenant Fees Ban?
- And then there's biting, chewing, barking, snarling, fleas & ticks, scratches, hair (and hair balls), smell, more wear & tear.

I have a no-pets clause as standard but have given permission for both a dog and a cat in one property.

Landlords are not callous but we have a very expensive asset which we need to protect and our options to do this seem to be shrinking at an ever-increasing rate.... Read More

Heather G.

12:33 PM, 22nd October 2020
About a month ago

Anyone use an App?

Reply to the comment left by Andy at 22/10/2020 - 11:43
Hi Andy,
It wasn't Landlord Studio, it was Landlord Vision. I had started with Excel, then used Landlord Vision but it didn't have enough functionality so I went back to Excel, though copied across some of the calculations and field titles. With Lendlord, you can do a lot of customisation (I think every field) but there are a few elements I haven't worked out yet so will need to check, if they're not available, I'll request they add them.... Read More

Heather G.

11:19 AM, 22nd October 2020
About a month ago

Anyone use an App?

I've been using Excel based on the Landlord Vision system but am now migrating to Lendlord (recommended through Property Tribes). I think it has most of what you're looking for but they are regularly adding new features and seem responsive to requests for functionality. They are currently working on the import of bank statements. It includes a P&L (monthly, yearly & by property), deal analyser (haven't tried yet), tenant & document info, calculates cashflow, LTV, equity, appreciation & stress tests. Has payment history, breakdown of expenses & rent collection and you can upload certs. There are a number of tutorials on YouTube & Property Tribes. It's taking me a while to import all my historical records but I think once I've done it, it will be really effective.... Read More

Heather G.

13:20 PM, 8th June 2020
About 6 months ago

There is no eviction crisis looming for tenants

I spoke to one of my high street letting agents last week and he said that, of the tenants who were struggling to pay their rent, 90%-95% of landlords have been flexible/supportive.... Read More

Heather G.

15:09 PM, 1st April 2020
About 8 months ago

We want to help - Recovering deferred rent?

Sorry to be a pedant but as far as I understand it, the rent deferment is only for the mortgage portion of the rent, not the whole rent ie if rent is £1000pcm and mortgage is £400pcm, the tenants should still pay the £600.... Read More