Dylan Morris

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 27th August 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 152

Dylan Morris

10:19 AM, 7th February 2019
About a month ago

Letting to pet owners in light of the tenant fees ban and new 5 week deposit protection rules

Reply to the comment left by JPB at 06/02/2019 - 10:06
Regarding your existing AST’s becoming void I suggest you speak to RLA and see what their opinion is. (I’m no legal expert but I would have thought they’ll be still valid as they’re signed prior to the new legislation, so long as you don’t charge any fees which post June are illegal).
I would have thought you can deduct monies from the security deposit for cleaning if the property has not been left in the condition it was when tenant first occupied. Same with damage that needs repairing, otherwise what’s the point of having a deposit ?

I’ve been thinking this morning about all the landlord changes we’ve received in the last few years and those in the pipeline. A list came into my mind:
1) Removal of mortgage interest as an expense.
2) Removal of wear and tear allowance for furnished properties.
3) Selective licencing fees
4) Extra 3% stamp duty
5) Removal of capital gains tax tapering relief.
6) Registration with ICO to comply with GDPR
7) How To Rent Guide
8) Banning of charging tenants any fees
9) Security deposit schemes mandatory
10) Security deposit restricted to 5 weeks max.
11) Right To Rent checks
12) Electrical checks every 5 years
13) EPC restriction below E rating
14) Three year tenancies
15) Removal of section 21 to seek possession
16) Gas certificate be served before tenancy commences or section 21 lost forever.
17) Proof of serving EPC, gas certificate and How To Rent guide to tenant prior to tenancy commencing otherwise section 21 lost.
18) Registration with Redress Scheme.... Read More

Dylan Morris

11:17 AM, 6th February 2019
About a month ago

Protection for Airbnb landlords?

No experience of Air B&B myself but would have thought any agreement entered into would be a holiday let for a fixed period, say a week or a fortnight. Any stay past the agreed time would be trespass. This is now a criminal offence and the Police should get involved to remove the occupiers. The Police cannot treat as a civil matter as the law was changed a few years ago.
[Also I think to be claimed as an assured tenancy the tenant has to be in situ for a minimum of six months, well that always used to be the case).... Read More

Dylan Morris

9:01 AM, 6th February 2019
About a month ago

Letting to pet owners in light of the tenant fees ban and new 5 week deposit protection rules

I suppose there’s an untapped market in letting to smokers as well ?... Read More

Dylan Morris

10:17 AM, 30th January 2019
About 2 months ago

Housing Ministry tightens electrical safety rules for Landlords

IMO five year electrical safety tests are a very good idea. The agent I use insists that where there is a change of tenant an electrical test is carried out each time. So it’s something I’ve been doing already and costs me £75.

The only concern I have is if these tests require a property to be brought up to current standards. For example if a fuse box is say 10 years old and absolutely fine, but not compliant with new installation regulations then this could be a big problem if we are expected to have a new fuse board fitted. In theory we could be forced to keep upgrading to current regs which will cost landlords a fortune. So long as it’s just a safety test then I’m fine with it. And obviously a qualified electrician needs to do it.

I’m sure most Property 118 readers keep their properties in good order electrical wise, but there are a lot of landlords who don’t.... Read More