Gary Dully

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 520

Gary Dully

19:00 PM, 21st August 2019, About 2 years ago

Another reason not to accept tenants on benefits: a case study

I’ll keep this simple.

This government are taking the p with benefit tenants.
The payments are the 30th percentile of local rents!
They’ve been frozen for years.
They are unreliable.
You can’t discuss the issues with the UC dept.
The tenants won’t pass it over.
They’ constantly getting sanctioned and it’s the landlords that suffer.

Ooh I just can’t understand why it’s a mystery, can you?... Read More

Gary Dully

18:47 PM, 1st December 2018, About 3 years ago

National Landlords Alliance

I was talking to a Licensing officer of Cheshire East Council earlier this week and the intentions of them seem quite clear.

They no longer want amateurs or anybody else that are not running a professional business and management of property without full compliance in the Private Rented Sector.

She assumed I knew little of procedures and licensing, and sort of took pity of me, and suggested that I pass my portfolio onto a professional company to manage.

She spoke to me, like an old age pensioner being helped across the road.

Cheeky bugger, I was thinking, if only she knew anything about me, she might show more respect.

I house over 54 people and I’m currently suing 4 ex tenants for arrears and damages and I don’t like being messed about.... Read More

Gary Dully

9:08 AM, 30th October 2018, About 3 years ago

Tenants may soon be able to sue for properties not meeting basic standards

So if I understand this correctly, this will now offer the potential of giving an army of lawyers, the unique opportunity, to turn on the PRS and tie most landlords up in knots of litigation.

It all sounds so noble, but I have found that when you have to defend yourself against a spurious claim, the tenants solicitor not only attacks the reported fault, but also goes for uncompleted or omitted administrative bits of paperwork also.

Most so called accidental landlords won’t stand a chance.

For example: a tenant falls off his bed changing a lightbulb.
He didn’t use the step ladders, left at the property.

You will need the following.
1. Risk assessment for the step ladder he did or didn’t use.
2. An inspection of the step ladders each year to be certified.
3. A training book signature showing that the tenant has received relevant training in both using a step ladder and changing a lightbulb.
4. Planning permission for appropriate use of the property for rental purposes.
5. A gas safety certificate covering the period of the accident, plus the previous years.
6. A legionaries risk assessment
7. Training for changing a lightbulb and it’s recycling.
8. A certified inventory of the light bulb originally working.

You will then be given the opportunity to put right the works within a suitable period, a list of the medical professionals that your tenant intends to use to substantiate their claim and their approximate costs for reports or to “Settle” out of court.

Now you may think that this is where it ends, but it then moves on to the commission of your own solicitor to defend your case.

In the meantime your tenant is now off work with his bad neck and permanent scarring of his head that hit the wall as he fell.

This will easily be in about the £3500 mark, followed by his doctors bills of £1800, plus his solicitor charge of £3500, plus compensation of about £3000, plus money for potential future claims of epilepsy caused by trauma of the fall.

Now then Mr & Mrs amateur landlord, how are you feeling about your industry now or more importantly about this private members bill.

The only landlords able to comply and match the system will be big corporates and landlords with decent liability insurances.

What about you?... Read More

Gary Dully

17:30 PM, 18th September 2018, About 3 years ago

Are DBS checks reasonable for landlord licensing?

Cheshire East Council are now insisting on a basic DBS check also.
Apparently I'm on the run for licking my wife's ice cream choc-ice, in Blackpool, in 1983.

I never knew I was an arch criminal and being chased by Interpol. though.

My application may now be rejected.... we shall see.... Read More

Gary Dully

17:22 PM, 18th September 2018, About 3 years ago

2 hours by Bicycle or Helicopter

Cheshire East council are also asking for all licensing details and licenses already obtained by any landlord throughout the UK that are applying for a license through them.

I had no idea that it was deemed illegal to do so.... Read More