Mark Crooks

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 10

Mark Crooks

7:49 AM, 2nd May 2020
About 2 months ago

Has anyone ever successfully sued a District Council?

Reply to the comment left by Jessie Jones at 01/05/2020 - 21:27
Jessie Jones's suggestion is unpalatable but probably your best option if SIL will not leave. Sueing will most probably cost you heavily in money, time and stress.
Consider SILs position. You need to create a way out for him if he cannot create one himself.

It's very easy to let emotion and pride dictate your actions in situations like these but do you really want to spend the next year or two stressing about legal issues and upcoming court appearances when you already know your chances of renumeration are so low?... Read More

Mark Crooks

8:09 AM, 28th March 2020
About 3 months ago

Coronavirus - Covid 19 - Open Letter To All Landlords And Tenants

As others have already said, a great level headed post.

As landlords, if your tenants have not been in touch already it might be a good idea to plan what your response will be if you do get the call.

Perhaps have a few alternative solutions. I guess each household will need to be handled differently depending on the circumstances.

Offering a 3 month payment holiday will obviously build up a sizeable debt for the tenant and if their income has been decimated due to the virus, this may be hard or impossible to repay.

80% payment for furloughed tenants sounds like a sensible offer though.... Read More

Mark Crooks

9:51 AM, 5th April 2019
About A year ago

Worried to call mortgage supplier over consent to let

Personally I wouldn't bother mentioning it.
It's quite a grey area as well as you are also residing in the mortgaged property. So it's not a BTL property.
So long as you are making your payments on time I'm sure the Halifax are quite happy.

If you really cannot stop thinking about this then you should give them a call and tell them everything and be prepared for an increase in interest rate. If they don't change the rate then that's a bonus.... Read More

Mark Crooks

11:01 AM, 28th August 2018
About 2 years ago

Subsidence on prospective neighbouring property?

In my opinion you shouldn't rely on the vendors promise to cover any costs.

My first thought would be to see if there is an insurance policy that can be taken out to cover any future claim against you (or any future owner of the property you intend to purchase) and if so, get the vendor to purchase that for you as part of the deal.

Similar policies are available to cover when leasehold landlords are absent or when building regs certificates have not been issued etc.... Read More

Mark Crooks

7:15 AM, 6th January 2018
About 3 years ago

Social Landlord not prosecuted despite mass gas safety breaches!

I suggest everyone who is angered by this should send a link to this article to their MP. This is outrageous. Read More