Simon Hall

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Monday 21st November 2016

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 288

Simon Hall

22:14 PM, 29th November 2018
About 4 months ago

Fake agents scamming landlords and tenants

Hi Sandy, I am sorry to hear of your plight. You have received advice from number guys however my understating of your situation is very simple. The contract between current occupiers and bogus company is not valid. Therefore contract is invalid.
The fact current tenants have been scammed by third party is not your issue nor the fact you have been scammed it is of current occupiers issue. The good news is that for Room Let full eviction process does not need to be undertaken. Therefore these occupiers are not known to you and you can politely ask them to leave otherwise you can classify this as a trespass.
If tenants refuse to pay you within 14 days you are at liberty to change locks and remove their belongings. You should seek some advice this is not as onerous as it seem.
PS: Refer them as occupiers in all correspondence as opposed to tenants.... Read More

Simon Hall

11:48 AM, 16th October 2018
About 5 months ago

Proposal to make BTL a time limited offer - Feedback request

I already see a problem with "Time Limited Offer" Tax reduction of 33% in other words 1/3rd. This will inevitably could result in mass exodus of Landlords who will rush to off load properties due to "limited time". This could flood market which would consequently result drop in house prices. This would then negate aforementioned carrot offered by government.... Read More

Simon Hall

19:06 PM, 7th October 2018
About 5 months ago

Unable to change Possession Hearing date?

I partly concur with Alex. Just for nominal amount (fee of between £40-£100) you can instruct an agent. This does not have to be an Estate Agent. Most solicitors work with freelance Counsels who will carry out aforementioned service for fee stated above.

In such case, you would not have not adjourn hearing which will cost you more in lost revenue (rent) nor would you have to cancel holidays to lose thousands.... Read More

Simon Hall

16:27 PM, 1st October 2018
About 6 months ago

Landlords Help Please - Court summons in 14 days

Hi Lou, I am sorry to hear your dilemma. In my experience and knowledge maximum award of 3 X deposit penalty is awarded based on your culpability. For example, if you failed to protect deposit in its entirety and made no effort to protect then you could be liable to full 3 X penalty. However, you can mitigate your oversight by writing a letter of apology to tenant and immediately protect this deposit and serve all relevant paperwork. In addition, you could return whole deposit in full to the tenant which in itself is sufficient to reduce effects of culpability.

Please note, 30 days period is time limit to protect deposit however if you have failed to do so in time then you can protect and serve paperwork anytime. In such case penalty would be payable but at reduced rate.

Again by returning whole deposit it weakens your tenant's case and reduces your culpability in which case at judge's discretion it could go down 1 X deposit. Be aware that, you can not serve Section 21 Notice either unless you have fully protected deposit in time or you have fully returned deposit to the tenant. Although you can serve Section 21 but it will be an invalid notice.... Read More

Simon Hall

17:16 PM, 5th September 2018
About 7 months ago

If Landlord Farts, Burps or Snores, property should be repossessed?

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 05/09/2018 - 14:34
David, I thought they had to return at night to be considered wives? During day, I thought they would be mistresses?... Read More