Thom Hill

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 17

Thom Hill

10:50 AM, 4th February 2017, About 5 years ago

Tenant not handing back keys in HMO?

Reply to the comment left by "Jamie Moodie" at "04/02/2017 - 09:50":

You told him to change the locks prior to the expiry of the court order and then just make up a scenario which could have been true and which people might believe and tell him that's what happened. #alternativefacts

If you feel that course of action is justified because the system is hard to you and you think that you should have more rights than you actually do, then that's fine. Felix is presumably interested in what his legal rights are, for which I can't improve on Ian's comment.... Read More

Thom Hill

0:03 AM, 4th February 2017, About 5 years ago

Tenant not handing back keys in HMO?

Just to be clear, Jamie's plan is literally to illegally evict the tenant and then make up a lie to cover it up.... Read More

Thom Hill

13:16 PM, 1st February 2017, About 5 years ago

I have been told Buy to Let is a Win Win - is this true?

I agree, it would be nice to have a £50k payrise and not actually have to do any extra work. There's that adage about things that are too good to be true.

Why don't you use that £280k to open a local cafe? The reasons are obvious I suppose; (a) there is an enormous amount of regulatory and legal stuff to navigate, research and reading to do, costs to pay and thought/planning you need to put in before you event start, (b) even once you get going, its going to be a lot of graft and headache - probably more or less full time job to keep the place running and (c) you could easily end up losing money on the whole thing or making such a small amount that the business isn't viable.

Same is true of becoming a landlord; just in different ways.... Read More

Thom Hill

11:28 AM, 31st January 2017, About 5 years ago

Unwanted tenant - can I turn of electricity and gas?

As the s21 notice presumably expired a month ago, you really ought to have started possession action by now. You should get on with that immediately. Assuming you have followed all the right rules, you would be entitled to possession once the court processes are followed.

It's worth bearing in mind that the s21 notice itself doesn't have any legal effect - it's just a precursor to court action. Your tenant need not leave just because your notice has expired and given that he has not already left, it does not look like he is going to. Also, s21 now has a deadline so if you don't issue proceedings by the end of April, the notice will be completely invalid and you will have to start again.

Until the court processes are followed, the tenant is still a tenant still has all of their rights and you still have to follow the law. Attempting to force your tenant out of the property by cutting off his heating in the middle of winter is not going to go down well with the powers that be. Its likely to be viewed, if nothing else, as illegal eviction.

As to Gary's suggestion, this is something which can be considered. I don't think its as dodgy as Gary seems to be suggesting; there's nothing illegal about offering a tenant money as part of a surrender. Even those rare tenants who aren't junkies (I'm sure there are some) may prefer to take a cash windfall than to fight the case in court for however long.... Read More

Thom Hill

20:18 PM, 21st January 2017, About 5 years ago

Help with Consent to Let after whirlwind romance

Reply to the comment left by "Jim Duggan" at "21/01/2017 - 19:47":

I think you misunderstand me as offering a moral judgment. It's more that you are seeking advice on how to commit what may well be a criminal offence (probably under section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006).

It probably isn't in your interests, those of other users here or those of Property 118 generally for you to continue to do so. I don't know if you caught my meaning, in particular, about seeking this sort of advice publicly and under your real name.

Maybe you believe in the "spirit" not the letter of the law, but the courts don't.... Read More