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Pru Counsell

10:47 AM, 17th April 2019
About 5 months ago

Abolishing S21 without S8 fully 'fit for purpose' will have dire consequences

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 16/04/2019 - 14:12
I consider myself to be a responsible landlord. I have owned properties in the South West for the last 15 or so years. I worked for a small supporting people organisation until 2012 when my employer retired but still kept my houses for private rent. During the period 2012 – 2016 I had what could be called bad tenants. I won’t go into detail but suffice to say I was left with rent debts, rubbish and redecoration, not to mention rats and fleas. Even with the support of my solicitor I was unable to claim any monies back from my tenants – how could I when they had no income! and eventually spent about £2.3k on repairs and lost £1.6k in unpaid rent which was mostly accumulated after I had given Section 21 notices. In one case it took me 3 months to evict the tenant, in others they left voluntarily, but still owing rent. I issued Section 21’s so I could put my properties back in to lettable condition, showers and shower curtains were missing, a kitchen cupboard was taken, carpets ripped up – you name it!

After renovating, redecorating and repairing the properties I approached my local council and was appointed a Housing Officer. Through her I was able to rent my properties and have a bond with the council for one month’s rent. Also the rent they pay or ensure is paid is for more than the rents I had previously asked. I have now had tents this way for the past 2.5 years and so far no problems.
My Housing Officer contacts me from time to time and inspects the properties several times a year.

So far as the proposed new rental regulations go I think if you are a good landlord you do not need to worry, but regrettably there are so many rogues landlords they get us good ones a bad name causing the need for this new legislation.... Read More