Richard Peeters

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Richard Peeters

10:32 AM, 11th October 2021, About 2 months ago

One HMO tenant left after Section 21?

Reply to the comment left by Rob Guy at 06/10/2021 - 09:31
If you tried to increase the rent too much in one step, it would be thrown out out in Court if the increase were judged to be "unreasonable" and the new rate to be substantially higher than local market rates. There are restrictions on how soon you can raise the rent again too. So this approach would not be a quick fix, but it would show your tenant that things are changing to his disadvantage.... Read More

Richard Peeters

10:20 AM, 11th October 2021, About 2 months ago

One HMO tenant left after Section 21?

Reply to the comment left by Richard Mann at 09/10/2021 - 08:48There are two factors in this particular case that prevented us from putting bills in this one tenant's name: (1) our ASTs are on a per-room basis with bills included (including council tax), which has massively simplified our admin effort over the years compared to trying to split the bills and ensure bills do in fact get paid; and (2) that HMO is in an Article 4 area and we did not want to risk losing its HMO status (if the council deemed it a single-let with just that one tenant's name on council tax etc).... Read More

Richard Peeters

14:02 PM, 7th October 2021, About 2 months ago

One HMO tenant left after Section 21?

We had a similar situation with 4 of the 5 working tenants of the HMO already gone or happy enough to go when we served the separate S21 notices, but the 5th refused. The refurb included a new boiler (in the loft), splitting a large room to create the 6th bedroom, adding two more showers and another toilet. We worked hard to plan the refurb around him, but he called in the council who sided with him and halted the works. It was a heat wave summer, but we had to accelerate the new boiler works, so that the engineer had to fit a temporary air conditioner in the loft space to complete it.

He had stopped paying rent, but he restarted just before the 1st court hearing. The court wasn’t happy when he sacked his solicitor, so on the 3rd hearing we were finally granted possession, but still had to pay for the bailiffs to appear. Our tenant was in his mid-40s, and was very keen to get a good reference on his way out, but his biggest worry was that his Mum would find out about his eviction.

Altogether, our HMO rent was reduced to less than one sixth what it should have been, had the 6-bed refurb been finished 18 months sooner as scheduled.

You should expect a long-term scenario like this if you cannot get him out much sooner, so bear than in mind when coming up with the “encouragement package”!

Try to find a mix of sticks and carrots tailored to his needs, including finding a new home and helping with relocation and new deposit.... Read More

Richard Peeters

20:43 PM, 26th March 2020, About 2 years ago

Essential maintenance can be carried out during lockdown

Reply to the comment left by David Lawrenson at 25/03/2020 - 11:31
I agree too: there was already what everyone called a "housing crisis", which has been trumped but not eliminated by the "virus crisis". It must therefore be "essential" work to reinstate a dwelling to be fit for occupation by someone who needs it.

Imagine a nurse, or one of the 600,000+ new NHS volunteers needing a room for a few months. Surely it is an essential service to make such rooms in a HMO or a flat to be available quickly for them?... Read More

Richard Peeters

7:54 AM, 21st March 2020, About 2 years ago

Three month mortgage payment holiday extended to Buy to Let

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 20/03/2020 - 12:09
Self-Cert is the way to go, even with the risk to Govt of abuse of the support.

My next concern is that, once this pandemic has passed, the authorities and lenders will go on a witch hunt, demanding evidence for all the self-certs. Tenants might have moved on by then (including some via the Pearly Gates) leaving the landlord to have some of this support clawed back.... Read More