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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 10


10:28 AM, 6th December 2018
About 3 days ago

Student Council tax exemption - Proof required?

Dumb and irresponsible you may see your tenants as, I guess we were all young once and our CHOSEN profession and target market does come with its own peculiarities. I do collect this data but have never been asked for it and I do get frustrated by the constant stream of seemingly pointless admin that we now have to do. No doubt a jobsworth somewhere in the council has some axe to grind. But I'm very grateful to be in this business and to have my tenants. So like Monty says, sometimes its easier to just do whatever needs doing and move on. If only I could follow my own advice!... Read More


9:02 AM, 29th November 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Fake agents scamming landlords and tenants

Sounds similar to the 'agent' who approached me (see my forum post on this). He called himself Nathan Powell and his 'company' was called B-Line. If you google his facebook page you get the gist of how professional his 'agency' is.... Read More


14:35 PM, 17th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Alliance Solution for Housing benefit tenants

Hmm it's true the the softly-softly approach of other organisations has hardly impacted on the attack on landlords. However I feel that more hard hitting campaigns should be especially squeaky clean and not petty. I cringe when I am in organisations that deal in mud slinging and try and dissociate myself from them, it is a huge turn off. It is not petty to query what shelter do (apart from criticise). A few astute questions on question time would be more hard hitting?... Read More


9:31 AM, 14th November 2018
About 4 weeks ago

Question: how to deal with a faulty leaky roof?

I had an independent survey as Annie suggested. I enlisted the FMB who sent a chartered building surveyor who said that the roofer was at fault and gave him 6 months to remedy the work. When he didn't, they didn't do anything - they even kept him on as a member! Instead they recommended that I take it to court. The FMB's report wasn't much use in court, although it did add gravitas to my case and showed the roofer in a poor light as he hadn't fixed the problems, but it wasn't the point that the case turned upon. (He was eventually persuaded to leave the FMB.) If the problems are shown to be due to a 'latent' defect (i.e. one that existed at the time the work was carried out, but only later became evident), then you still have a case. If you are facing a whole new roof it may be worth taking it to court, but if you can avoid it somehow then I wouldn't recommend court. It takes over your life and is very stressful. Get a 2nd opinion from a recommended roofer, get a quote and if you can afford to pay him, get it done and move on. I repaired my roof before I went to court as I had tenants in and couldn't leave them with a leaking roof. However, the judge in my case DIDN'T allow for the repairs I had done because she said I had made a 'commercial' decision - I felt that was wholly unfair, but that's the court system for you. She was a fair and canny judge and saw through the roofer, but that one never made sense to me.... Read More


7:42 AM, 14th November 2018
About 4 weeks ago

Question: how to deal with a faulty leaky roof?

I had a new roof some years ago which continued to leak in all the same places despite the roofer telling me that the new roof would fix these problems. He came back a few times in a similar fashion to your roofer, but nothing changed and when he got fed up he tried shouting at me and blinding me with rubbish excuses. My biggest mistake was taking him to the small claims court. He had legal insurance and I didn't (he'd clearly been in this situation before). I won despite him having representation in court and me defending myself. However I was not awarded costs and ultimately although he had to find £5000, which he paid me slowly without interest, I also had to find £3000 upfront for legal advice that was never reimbursed. So my advice - DO NOT GO THROUGH THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT, go through the normal court system. I now have insurance for legal costs!... Read More