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Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 225


12:18 PM, 30th June 2020
About A week ago

Renewal Fee after 3 years?

Reply to the comment left by DALE ROBERTS at 15/06/2020 - 16:05
For some reason it can be an extraordinarily difficult enterprise to get certain letting agents to understand and recognise the importance of 'contractual' v. 'statutory'.

I have had to move agents on more than one occasion because of their boneheaded refusal to see sense on this point.

On one occasion I pursued the matter through three levels of management (with another three still to go before getting to the board!) before I finally said to them - "you know what, you are clearly just too damned stupid to understand. Accordingly, I will no longer be doing business with you from now on."

The final straw with this large national chain was when their legal department came back with utter rubbish re the point at issue.

I appointed a new agent to take over the tenancies mid-term having carefully confirmed the wording of their standard AST first. (Saved myself a bunch of money in agent fees as well into the bargain, so well worth it.)... Read More


12:59 PM, 7th June 2020
About a month ago

Buying another flat for personal and AirBNB use?

Reply to the comment left by at 05/06/2020 - 10:43
AirBNB is being targetted because of complaints from neighbours about the disruption that it causes having so many very short lets occurring.... Read More


12:57 PM, 7th June 2020
About a month ago

Buying another flat for personal and AirBNB use?

Reply to the comment left by Penny DJ at 04/06/2020 - 14:02
Scottish law currently requires 72 hours to elapse between different people entering a property - including inventory clerks, cleaners, letting agents, etc.

We have a couple of properties in Scotland and this rule sure does make for an extended timescale when changing over tenants.... Read More


11:36 AM, 31st May 2020
About a month ago

Does dog clause stack up legally?

Reply to the comment left by Simon Williams at 28/05/2020 - 10:25
Oh I don't know.

Those tiny 'handbag' dogs can be some of the very worst.... Read More


11:33 AM, 31st May 2020
About a month ago

Should I let to family through my limited company?

Letting to family is so fraught that I would strongly advise against it under any circumstances.

We let one of our properties to a niece once. The problems began almost immediately. Amongst other things, she let her rabbit run free with the inevitable consequences for the carpets - which required expensive replacement as a result! Fortunately, she decided that she wanted to move out in pretty short order for various reasons. With hindsight we consider ourselves lucky but the resultant trauma surrounding the whole thing coloured family relations for some years.

Later, we made the same mistake again with another family member (and in the same property!). This one ended much less traumatically, but relations were still soured - albeit in a much more minor way than the first time around.

Bottom line: my advice - just don't do it. Tempting though it is, the dangers of something going wrong are just too high and are not worth the risk.... Read More