Martin Roberts

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 46

Martin Roberts

12:40 PM, 13th May 2019
About 6 days ago

Nationwide Foundation £1.2 m 'Fair Housing Futures' project hosted by Shelter

I notice Shelter are 'Hosting' rather than chipping in a little of their £60,000,000 plus annual income.

Real World solutions require Real World money.... Read More

Martin Roberts

9:42 AM, 12th March 2019
About 2 months ago

All bills included with an asterisk on the electricity?

I can't see any advantage for this.

If it's included they have no incentive to be economic and will be on the phone to you when it runs out, this could finish up in court.

Are you planing to rent the rooms seperately? If not the couple can sort power us between themselves, if 'yes' there will definately be friction between each tenant and yourself when you ask them to top up.

As for Council Tax, let the tennant/s pay it, otherwise they will think they are paying you a very high rent and likely feel aggrieved.

Water? Again metered so let them pay for what they use and benefit from the saving if they're frugal.... Read More

Martin Roberts

13:02 PM, 29th January 2019
About 4 months ago

No shower - It's a dirty job?

All good comments above, and particularly note Paul Shear's point about the type of mixer tap.

We have the latter type at home and it's easily as good as an electric shower and was easy enough to fit.

That said, I would let this chap go. I suspect he will demand something else once you sort the shower, and then something else...... Read More

Martin Roberts

11:59 AM, 7th January 2019
About 4 months ago

Tenant can't pay rent and advised to stay by Housing Association!

Worth pointing out to the tennants that if they follow the advice (from the 'Housing Assosiation'?) they will finish up with a CCJ and owing two or three thousand pounds in Court and Baliff's costs.
This will make it almost impossible to rent again or get a mortgage or other loan for some good few years.
Many Local Authorities won't let to people with rent arrears.
The debt will follow them and may make it difficult to get a new job (many require Credit Checks) and could be reclaimed by an Attatchment of Earnings Order one working again.
I read recently of someone who had taken this advice from Shelter and said it was the worst thing she ever did as it has blighted her future.
Well worth asking them to work with the landlord to find an answer, maybe Housing Benefit.
Hope that helps.... Read More

Martin Roberts

8:20 AM, 6th December 2018
About 5 months ago

UC has felt like a huge cultural change for many landlords

So now we have to approach tennants and give them financial planning advice.

Even assuming we don't get told to 'Go away' I'm not qualified to do this.... Read More