Robert Mellors

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Robert Mellors

14:45 PM, 19th April 2019
About 3 days ago

Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Draconian legislation

Does this legislation also apply to Council landlords, and housing association landlords?

I believe that Councils often make errors on rent accounts, sometimes due to Housing Benefit errors/delays/overpayments, etc, but sometimes just clerical errors on the rent accounts. They also charge fees for alleged damages, clearance, cleaning, etc, during and at the end of tenancies. They also give rent payment holidays, typically two weeks in December, so presumably that will also fall foul of the legislation.

The Tenant Fees Act (the bit I've read) only refers to "landlords" and "tenants", it does not seem to exclude Council and Housing Association landlords. If it does apply to them, will tenants be able to sue the Councils for £30,000 per "offence", and/or have the Council prosecuted and declared a "criminal landlord"?... Read More

Robert Mellors

21:55 PM, 31st March 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Help please - criminal and bankrupt tenant won't leave

Reply to the comment left by michaelwgroves at 31/03/2019 - 19:57The PCOL route where the cost of bailiffs is £121.00 is quite simple and does not require a transfer to the high court, as it would be the county court bailiffs who carry out the eviction. Whether this is the best course of action depends on a variety of factors, with the most obvious one being the length of time it may take. The High Court Enforcement Officers (high court bailiffs/sheriffs) make a big deal out of how fast they can carry out an eviction, compared to a county court bailiff, but really this depends on the likely waiting times for the county court bailiffs in your particular area. In the Sheffield area it is usually 3 - 5 weeks, so this has been acceptable to me, but different locations will have different likely wait times, so always check what it is for the area where you are wanting to carry out the eviction, and then weigh up the pros and cons accordingly.... Read More

Robert Mellors

12:08 PM, 26th March 2019
About 4 weeks ago

£46 million to help people off the streets

Reply to the comment left by Claire Smith at 26/03/2019 - 10:54
While I welcome any additional funding towards helping the homeless, I agree with Claire that this is work that many charities and not-for-profit organisations are already doing, so the money may be better spent on supporting those organisations that are already providing supported housing. - I should declare here that my not-for-profit company does provide supported housing, and has so far housed 498 homeless households without receiving any Government grants.

Also, the point made by Mick Roberts about the underlying causes of homelessness (mainly welfare benefit issues) is not being addressed by this funding, so the number of people BECOMING homeless will continue to increase.... Read More

Robert Mellors

11:53 AM, 25th March 2019
About 4 weeks ago

Help please - criminal and bankrupt tenant won't leave

Applying for bailiffs is much easier than getting the possession order, it is just a few clicks of the mouse on the PCOL website and a cost of 121.00. There is no "going back to court" required.
Yes, there is a waiting period for the bailiffs (around 4 weeks in Sheffield, but will vary across the country), but this is the best way to draw a line under it because once the bailiffs are there you can change the locks and she will be unable to return (except by prior arrangement with you to collect any belongings that she may have left there).
If a tenant has not moved out by end of the day the possession is due, then immediately apply for the bailiffs. No ifs and buts, just make the application and get the property back at the earliest opportunity.... Read More

Robert Mellors

15:37 PM, 12th March 2019
About a month ago

‘No DSS’ adverts in the private rented sector

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 11/03/2019 - 21:07
If it is a Government policy (e.g. Universal Credit) that is CAUSING landlords to discriminate against people on benefits (and the majority fall within a particular group, e.g. women), then surely it is the Government policy itself which is discriminatory, in exactly the same way as their Right to Rent policy has just been ruled unlawful due to it causing landlords to discriminate against non-UK citizens.

Perhaps Shelter and the like should bring a case against the Government's Universal Credit policy itself (or some of the Housing Benefit policies), as that it is those policies that inevitably cause landlords to discriminate. - The same (business viability) arguments apply, as stated in the recent Right to Rent case judgment.

Perhaps the RLA (who were part of the Right to Rent case) could utilise their expertise from that case, to bring a similar legal case against the Government's welfare benefit policies (i.e. those policies that force landlords to discriminate)?... Read More