Martin S

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Tuesday 24th September 2013

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 39

Martin S

22:59 PM, 19th June 2021, About a month ago

Tenant Dies on Staircase?

Hi. What exactly are you looking to achieve? To me it sounds like the priority is to protect those who continue to live at the property, as evidently all is not well there. As somebody else suggested, the deposit is a side issue, and wont bring your friend back.

As for speaking to the Police, unless an actual crime has been committed, then there is little they can do. The truth is that people die all the time from slips, trips and falls, and unless foul play is suspected, they wont be tied up with such situations.

As this has clearly been an accident, then the Coroner will have been informed, and an autopsy will automatically take place to confirm cause(s) of death.

Without doubt, you need to speak to the Local Council, and to the local Councillors, who in my experience are always looking to enthusiastically take up cases like these, and can often cut through the red tape. That's what they are there for, and don't underestimate their powers.

Send them a clear, concise, version of events and concerns in writing, plus an e-mail cover, plus the outcome(s) you would like to see. If this had been on my patch, I would have been out there pronto to investigate, as this could quite easily happen again from what you say.... Read More

Martin S

10:14 AM, 22nd May 2021, About 2 months ago

Concerned about offering tenancy to someone so young?

The fact that you are writing here to ask for the view of others indicates that you have a high degree of doubt about the situation, and rightly so. I've been a landlord for 30+ years, and have come across most scenarios. Would I advise you to get involved here? Simply, NO, for the same reasons others have expressed. I came to realise many years ago, that taking on those under 25 is a high risk game. As most 25 year old agree, there is a lot of growing up to be done between the ages of 18 & 25.... Read More

Martin S

19:51 PM, 15th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Lack of new properties to let putting pressure on prospective tenants

Reply to the comment left by Ian Simpson at 15/05/2021 - 07:26
What part of the country are you refering to? Lack of tenants wishing to pay? That's certainly not the case where I have properties. What brings matters home, and acts as a reality check, is when you take a stroll around the High St, as I did this afternoon, and look in the windows of employment agencies, and see how much people are being offered for their labours. Agencies proudly offering £9.50 per hour, so for a 37 hour week, before stoppages, workers receive £351.50. I note that for those over 23, the national minimum wage is £8.91 per hour, so just under £330 per week before stoppages.

I certainly wouldn't like to try and live on that sort of income, even if single, and living in a caravan. I suggest that many people can't afford rents, even if they want to do so. Here we are, supposedly living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with what is still basically a feudal system. The terms Landlord & Tenant continue to underline this division.

The Covid situation has certainly exaggerated the basic inequalities in our society, and I have no doubt that, provided your properties are in a fit state, that there would be many who would love to live in them, but are not financially secure enough to take them on. At least they are being responsible in accepting the fact, and not causing you any problems with arrears, even if it is galling to have 5 properties sitting empty.... Read More

Martin S

22:00 PM, 20th February 2021, About 5 months ago

Party Wall Act - neighbour ignored it!

As others have indicated, there are certain areas of concern that are not deemed to be your business, but obviously you are finding the situation irksome, particularly as those who are supposed to uphold the various rules and regs are evidently not doing their job.

Have you put any of your concerns in writing to the Council? Do you have anything from them in return? Councils are there to legally enforce relevant matters, and not fob you off with their cost/benefit analysis of the situation!
You need to gather evidence of what you talk about, including a Pest Control report, and keep a paper trail. Once you have this, then contact your local MP with your concerns.

The other option is to inform them that you will make a formal complaint to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman unless matters are investigated. This takes up so much time and effort behind the scenes, that it might help spur them into action!... Read More

Martin S

15:53 PM, 29th January 2021, About 6 months ago

New pet friendly standard government tenancy agreement

I don't think I'll be selling anything for peanuts! Plus, I don't think that the very wealthy look at this area for further wealth creation. There are many more lucrative areas for them to continue amassing further wealth.... Read More