Robert Mellors

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 26th October 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 1028

Robert Mellors

13:31 PM, 9th December 2019
About 4 days ago

New Tenant Fees laws = new problems for landlords?

I don't have a 10 page application form like David, but I do have a 6 page application form. Although I do understand that this will put some potential tenants off applying (both good and bad tenants), it is better to have too much information than not enough, so long as all the questions are relevant to the decision making process or the management of the tenancy (or future recovery of debt).... Read More

Robert Mellors

9:07 AM, 9th December 2019
About 4 days ago

Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

Landlords cannot give just 15 minutes notice, and Crisis & Shelter know this, so in that sense the advert must be wrong and is deliberately deigned to mislead the public. If a landlord did evict in that way, the local authority's private renting team would get the person back into the property or take action for unlawful eviction!
Landlords do not evict for no reason.
In most cases landlords give the tenant ample chances to correct whatever the issue is that is leading to the eviction (e.g. pay the rent arrears, stop the anti-social behaviour, etc).... Read More

Robert Mellors

11:29 AM, 6th December 2019
About 7 days ago

Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

Shelter do some good training events and publications, but their political campaigning is all about demonising private landlords and some of the policies they lobby for actually cause people to lose their homes and increases the homelessness problem (or at least push up the rents).

Crisis do provide hostels for the homeless, and training for tenants to help them become responsible tenants (the Crisis Skylight "Renting Ready" course), so in this sense they do help reduce homelessness (and indirectly, by encouraging good tenant behaviour, they also help landlords). HOWEVER, they do also support some of the Shelter and Government policies that cause private landlords to sell up, raise rents, or not let to low income (or higher risk) tenants.... Read More

Robert Mellors

10:58 AM, 6th December 2019
About 7 days ago

New Tenant Fees laws = new problems for landlords?

Reply to the comment left by The Forever Tenant at 06/12/2019 - 10:44
I'm not sure that would be the case because there would be competition between the referencing companies, as there is now, and if a landlord/agent deliberately chose to use a more expensive one (e.g. in order to get a kickback), then that in itself could be challengable as an extortionate or unreasonable referencing charge.... Read More

Robert Mellors

10:53 AM, 6th December 2019
About 7 days ago

Selective Licencing - 1 room is 10cm too small?

Is the Council requirement lawful? I thought the legislation about room sizes only applied to those HMOs that fell under mandatory licencing, i.e. 5 or more residents. Can the Council enforce their own criteria for smaller HMOs? (wasn't there a ruling a few months back that Councils cannot apply their own criteria unless the property is licensable? - I presumed this was mandatory licensable, not selective/additional licencing? - I think it was a landlord association on the South Coast somewhere that won that case?).

If the Council requirements are lawful, then as already suggested, move the stud walls or build an alcove. (or if you have fitted wardrobes, remove these).... Read More