Dr Rosalind Beck

Registered with Property118.com
Thursday 29th September 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 2417

Dr Rosalind Beck

9:52 AM, 21st January 2020
About 3 days ago

Rent guarantor service - Should I proceed?

I wouldn't go near this tenant. Have you done a credit check on her? The ones I get from the Guild of Residential Landlords, as a member, are £9, tax deductible. I have had tenants say they have a small debt, but conveniently forget the huge one they have in addition. I have also had two prospective tenants and their guarantor all tick 'no' regarding CCJs on their application forms, while credit checks showed all 3 had very significant CCJs - probably from previous landlords, judging by the amounts. I think that if someone has shown they are willing to not honour their debts that is too big a red flag for me, as they will do the same to others.... Read More

Dr Rosalind Beck

9:44 AM, 15th January 2020
About A week ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

I would be interested also if anyone knows what the current situation is in Wales regarding any changes in this direction.... Read More

Dr Rosalind Beck

9:32 AM, 15th January 2020
About A week ago

Shelter research playing on fears

Excellent rebuttal of Shelter's scaremongering. This is the message that needs repeated hammering home.... Read More

Dr Rosalind Beck

13:27 PM, 14th January 2020
About A week ago

FOI request to Scottish courts shows eviction takes 312 days!

Reply to the comment left by Amazonia Starbuck ........tax paying is for fools! at 14/01/2020 - 13:00
Don't trust your mystical powers. They are a fantasy.... I recommend an excellent book, 'Talking to Strangers' by Malcolm Gladwell - he argues how in fact no-one can judge character in this way and we often get it wrong. More important always is the paperwork and not the 'charm' or lack thereof of the potential tenant.... Read More

Dr Rosalind Beck

12:10 PM, 14th January 2020
About A week ago

FOI request to Scottish courts shows eviction takes 312 days!

This is a real shocker - although not a surprise - and gives a taste of what landlords in England have to look forward to once Section 21 is scrapped. 312 days is actually an average so in fact loads of evictions will take longer - with landlords losing huge amounts of money and undergoing terrible levels of stress.

On a personal level, my brother has a second house in Scotland - he had to move from the family home for work and so bought up in the north where he's lived during the week for the last 20 years. He retired last year and I'm very glad I advised him to not let it out, as I wouldn't want him to have to go through the stress of rogue tenants, not paying the rent, possibly wrecking the house and this being dragged out for nearly a year. It's just too much to risk. I reckon the result will be that there will be a lot of empty properties like his.

Of course there are also other problems in Scotland with no allowance made for student lets, so it would be good to get a Scottish landlord to explain what's happening with that - my understanding is that one thing is that you can't line any tenants up for the next academic year because your current tenants have indefinite tenancies, but I think tenants just have to give 28 days or a month's notice and leave when they like - so can sign one day and give the notice the day after, leaving landlords completely in the lurch - also giving notice at times when landlords would find it impossible to fill the voids. It would also be good if Scottish landlords could let us know what is happening with other HMO lets - eg to professionals.

It would be good if Scottish landlords could fill us in here on how this is affecting their businesses, with specific examples.... Read More