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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 16


12:18 PM, 9th August 2021, About 3 months ago


My Heavens. I didn’t know that. George Orwell’s prediction has come true.... Read More


9:43 AM, 9th August 2021, About 3 months ago


Morning Simon,

I’m really to sorry to say that I think that apart from your suspicious being correct that your tenant will be looking for a rent repayment order, I also think that the council is looking to fine you. If they are successful, I suspect it could be many thousands. Please be advised that the councils keep the fines that they impose on you and so they are very motivated for a successful outcome.

For this reason I would take this very seriously and I concur with the advice given by Neil Patterson to contact the Landlord Licensing and Defence. Alternatively or perhaps additionally, try and find a local solicitor who is expert in this particular area.

Additionally, please read your license very carefully in order to ascertain on what grounds the council are likely to prosecute. Forewarned is forearmed. You may find some useful relevant information in the LACORS booklet which is available from the Internet free of charge.

Lastly, please be aware that if and when when they invite you in for ”A friendly chat“ it is likely to be an on the record interview. The purpose of which will be to extract information from you to be used against you for prosecution. As far as I know, it is not an arrestable offence and so you are under no obligation to attend. However, with regard to attending, somebody more experienced than me should be able to advise you whether refusing an interview is wise or not.

Good luck, Peter... Read More


7:57 AM, 1st May 2021, About 6 months ago

Removing Sister from a joint ownership property?

Here’s a thought; assuming that the advice given above is correct and that she has the right to live there until the court order decrease otherwise, does it not follow that the joint owner also has the same right? In which case it might be worth considering moving in as an option. That would certainly be painful for everybody but my sister-in-law had exactly the same problem with her brother and it cost £10,000 and years of her life and created misery. In the end he moved out by agreement without even going to court. Had it done so it would have cost further years and further costs and further misery and so she was lucky. It might be that The poster may consider it wortwhwhile dealing with the painful encounter of living with his sister in preference to this scenario. Just a thought and might be worth discussing that with the sister even if you’re not going to do it. Or even letting the house to a friend who might fight that battle for you?... Read More


10:25 AM, 3rd April 2021, About 7 months ago

Councils using 'Intelligence' to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

To add something to the answer of the original question, I know that you can simply apply online to find out what the EPC rating is for in a property. If the council were to decide to get aggressive, they could easily do that with all the let or suspected let property in their area.... Read More


10:28 AM, 25th November 2020, About 11 months ago

Government being extensively lobbied to extend Stamp Duty Holiday

One of the most commonly quoted issues with causes of a potential delay is said to be searches. I thought I’d let you know that I’ve been advised that you can buy insurance against bad results of searches for about £30. That would facilitate the completion of the transaction and the Insurance would be in hand to offset the effects of any bad searches. Good luck all.... Read More