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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 403


11:50 AM, 4th June 2021, About 2 months ago

I have offered to pay my tenants deposits!


"The latest rule they are now proposing to bring in in 2025 is EPC to a C. "

We've discussed that elsewhere on this site before. I wasn't aware that they are now actually implementing it. It won't be implemented for the owner-occupied sector so all that will happen is that the housing stock below band C will be sold off to owner occupiers; many of those people will not be able to afford upgrading to C unless they are eligible for grants and right now for all sorts of reasons lots of people are not eligible. It's something for the rich only. If it is being implemented in this way, it is shameful that this is being implemented only for private sector landlords, most of whom are not rich but only have 1-2 properties, and not for the public sector.

On paying people's deposits that's not something you should consider doing. Just sell, tell your tenants you are selling, and why; it's not your fault.... Read More


15:32 PM, 26th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Nuisance cherry tree?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 26/05/2021 - 10:44
I agree with this. I also agree with the comments about checking for tree preservation orders.

Just a thought though that even if there isn't a tree preservation order the dispute is with one neighbour and there might be other neighbours who would prefer you not to cut the tree down because they like the blossom in the spring or they value the additional privacy.... Read More


10:03 AM, 25th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Compensation of 60 years regulated tenant?

If this is a tenant who treats the property well and has done for 60 years then I'd be sympathetic to the tenant...because many tenants abuse the properties they are in.

The EICR itself is not particularly invasive so that should be carried out *if* it has not already been. Having got the EICR I would present the findings to the tenant (you are obliged to anyway) and ask the tenant to agree a schedule over which the works could be carried out to minimise disruption.... Read More


11:07 AM, 20th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Letter to tackle persistent and unreasonable maintenance requests?

May I ask - was there an inventory check when the tenants first moved in, and did the tenants sign it?... Read More


10:49 AM, 18th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Capital gains tax tips on family gifted property?

Thoughts for you. If someone dies you must register the estate:

And as this link says.

"You must register by 5 October after the tax year you’re sending a return for. For example, if you’re sending a return for the 2020 to 2021 tax year (6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021) then you must register by 5 October 2021."

And as the link also says having registered the estate you must then either submit the return by paper before 31st October, or do it electronically before 31st January. So you've got almost 6 months if you do it yourself now and submit by paper, and over 8 months if you do it electronically.

PS: A lawyer's primary raison d'etre is "non mea culpa" and for this reason they seldom give advice ;-)... Read More