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12:19 PM, 2nd August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Are you a compliant landlord?

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 02/08/2019 - 10:51
Good news, but do you have to wait until the end of the tenancy to deduct from the deposit or can an invoice be presented upon completion of works and payment expected in return?... Read More

10:35 AM, 2nd August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Are you a compliant landlord?

I`d be grateful if you would clarify points made to a recent post of mine regarding
`The issue of costs that are the responsibility of the tenant`
Under the T&Cs of their AST the tenant is responsible for repairs and/or renewals of day to day occupation of the property. Basically if they break it, block it, damage it they are legally responsible to correct matters.
Some say the landlord cannot charge as it is a `fee` whilst another has stated that if the tenant agrees that the costs of the works are required and reasonable and that the tenant agrees it is their responsibility AND that the tenant asks the landlord to carry out these works then such charges would not be considered Prohibited Payments and that such charges may be considered a legitimate charge from a tradesman or supplier which the landlord has been asked to arrange by the tenant.
Which is correct?... Read More

15:25 PM, 31st July 2019
About 3 weeks ago

The issue of costs that are the responsibility of the tenant?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 30/07/2019 - 17:09
Hi Ian.
Thanks for that, I`m beginning to get the picture.
Our AST contains the following clause -
`Condition of Premises, Repair, Maintenance & Cleaning, the tenant will`
which goes on to set out exactly what the tenant is responsible for
eg- keep premises in good state of repair as of of commencement of tenancy, (save for fair wear & tear etc.), to clear, maintain, replace & repair etc., etc.,
Ensure that all smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are in good working order, to replace batteries when necessary and to check alarms regularly at least once a month. There are sixteen clauses in all but I`m sure you get the jist of it.
There are no specific costs or charges set out at all.
Therefore as I understand it should the tenant not carry out their responsibilities as set out in the AST they, strictly speaking, would be in breach of contract.
Consequently, if the tenant agrees with the landlord that the cost for the works required are reasonable and are the tenant`s responsibility, under the T&Cs of their AST, AND that the tenant asks the landlord to carry out these repairs,
then such costs would NOT be considered `Prohibited Payments` from the landlord but a charge from a tradesman or supplier which in this instance would be the landlord.
Your thoughts please!... Read More

14:09 PM, 2nd April 2019
About 5 months ago

Official government guidance for tenant fees ban released

What happens when the tenant, accidentally or otherwise whilst in an AST occupancy, breaks or damages something that requires a repair , replacement or decoration that the tenant would previously be held liable for and that the said tenant would pay the bill?
Are landlords no longer allowed to bill the tenant for costs that they (the tenant) have incurred and the LL has had to rectify, all usually covered in the AST?... Read More

9:21 AM, 12th February 2019
About 6 months ago

CCJs - can you inform friends, families and community associations?

Interesting article, I have a similar problem were the tenant has vacated owing £2.5k in rent and the deposit is unlikely to cover the dilapidations!!
Obtaining a CCJ would appear to be the sensible cause of action but I have no forwarding address as the former tenant would not give the info.
Suggestions gratefully received, I do have an e-mail address for the tenant though.... Read More