Chris Clare

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Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 122

Chris Clare

16:09 PM, 13th February 2020
About 5 months ago

Tenant refuses to grant access without paying him?

I would also suggest that anyone who enters this property does so with a camera strapped to their chest.

Then if this delightful tenant tries it on you can report him for fraud.... Read More

Chris Clare

11:43 AM, 11th December 2019
About 7 months ago

ICO demand - is it a scam?

Whilst this particular letter which is being sent out is indeed not a scam. It is worth noting that the manner in which the ICO has decided to carry out this project does leave the consumer open to scams.

This letter is a little non personal and whilst it is printed on ICO letterhead that is not hard to fake, which is also the same for the method of resolution and payment.

It is my opinion that as soon as a fraudster realises that these letters are being issued they will jump on the bandwagon and start doing their own, trying to manipulate individuals into sending money to their own accounts. So be vigilant, just because this one is genuine does not mean any future ones will be.

The tip I would give for any of these letters is ignore what is on it and visit the ICO website directly by typing in or following the links in Nick's post above.

Above all never go to links in unsolicited, emails, texts or letters as these could be manipulated links from a fraudster.... Read More

Chris Clare

15:22 PM, 19th November 2019
About 8 months ago

Tenants being quizzed by HMRC

Wow! This looks like a scam waiting to happen.

The scammers get a list of property from Land Registry that is held by an offshore owner and then send letters similar to this with demands for back tax but confirmation that they don't have to pay any rent for a few months to compensate them.

Involving an unitianted tenant in tax collection, is a recipe for disaster IMHO.... Read More

Chris Clare

10:03 AM, 29th October 2019
About 9 months ago

Access to electrical cupboard withheld?

I am not sure whether this helps but I remember a situation that whilst not the same may give you some ammunition with the Management Company.

I owned a shop and a flat which were both on the same supply. I needed to separate the supply. Scottish Power said to run a new armoured cable up the front of the building was £3,000 however if I have control of both properties and unfettered access they could run it inside for £500.

I chose the cheaper option but they did stress I had to legally have unrestricted access by law or they would not be able to do it. They said in the event of a serious fault I had to be able to access the master fuse immediately.

With this in mind your best weapon may be the electricity board themselves. If you do some research as to the validity of this point, once confirmed tell the management agent that you are within your rights to report them to the electricity board as this is a health and fire risk.

See what happens.... Read More

Chris Clare

17:03 PM, 24th June 2019
About A year ago

Shelter ask for Landlords views

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 24/06/2019 - 16:27
Ros, I for one do not think that your comments were in any way unreasonable. You stated a fact, one that had occurred to me also.

Sometimes when someones rhetoric is vermantly in support of someone or something you have to wonder where their motives and agenda truly lies.

When reading this whole thread I did think that we had someone who may have had a greater affinity with Shelter than they would otherwise like to admit and then low and behold I also could not find any mention of her online. Something in this day and age hard to master as we all leave our own little trails in the snow in one way or another.

So whilst I would not accuse anyone of anything I do have my doubts and will treat their comments, personally, with caution as a result.

Anyone else can make their own conclusions and share what they see fit.

I like many other landlords in this and other communities online appreciate the enormous contribution you have made for this industry and hope you continue way into the future.... Read More