ameliahartman

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th June 2019

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Sole Owner

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 43

ameliahartman

3:27 AM, 18th June 2019
About 14 hours ago

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Reply to the comment left by Kate Mellor at 15/06/2019 - 09:38Very well said Kate. I am very glad I am not alone in speaking up for equality. ##Edited## Hopefully someone who has applied for one of their properties and been turned away just because they are disabled, or a widowed parent who works part time, will feature in one of Shelter’s “legal actions” in their bid to fight against “no DSS”. If none of us housed benefit tenants, then there would be over a million people homeless, living on the street. Literally, because that’s the minimum amount of benefit tenants who councils would be unable to house even temporarily. A high percentage of those people would be children.... Read More

ameliahartman

3:20 AM, 18th June 2019
About 14 hours ago

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Mick I have just watched your “tenants from hell” videos. I have no words...... Read More

ameliahartman

3:14 AM, 18th June 2019
About 14 hours ago

Subject to status and referencing

Reply to the comment left by JJ at 14/06/2019 - 11:19
JJ, yes, we treat all applicants equally all through the application process each time we rent out one of our properties. I will explain in detail exactly what we do. We advertise the property, and we do NOT include ANY wording turning ANYBODY away, although we used to take a higher deposit for those tenants who have cats and dogs, and now we will have to charge a slightly increased rent instead, save the difference, and offer it back to the tenant when they leave as a “goodwill gesture”, if the pet is well behaved. But that’s a side issue. We don’t turn anyone away. So we consider smokers, with a clause in the tenancy agreement that they must not smoke inside the property. We don’t discriminate on age, either, we accept young people.
We advertise all of our properties on OpenRent, as they automatically get advertised on Gumtree as well. Potential tenants message us first of all, and then we get back to them. We telephone those who reply to us with their phone numbers, and we arrange for them to view the property, telling them what to bring both verbally and over email. We require passport or driving licence for Right to Rent, along with utility bills etc as proof of address. We also request any references they have, proof of employment/award letters of all benefits claimed, and 6 months of bank statements. Not everyone will turn up for their viewing, but we do get huge numbers, so as not to upset the tenant who is still living there, we will spend a whole afternoon at the property, with applicants coming and going. Those who like the property get the opportunity to have a chat to us to find out more about the property and the area, meet the existing tenant if they are at home to ask them any relevant questions, and show us their documents. We don’t take copies of their documents at that stage, but we take notes. We check that they have the right to rent, and that they can afford the property (our test is that they have to be able to pay their utility bills, current direct debits etc, food, clothing, travel, toiletries, etc, and STILL have £150 a month left to live on to be able to afford the property, or £230 a month for a small family). If they can’t, then we have to say no. Our preferred credit check is the NLA basic check, as it treats everybody fairly, and matches up the tenant’s address, tells us if they have been evicted, smashed up a property etc or have a CCJ, and it’s only £8.95! We ask everyone who applies and who then gets through the viewing stage to telephone us 48 hours later, to confirm their interest. A lot of people find other properties and pull out, but those who we hear from, we do that NLA credit check on all of them. Out of those who pass, we then choose the tenant(s) with the greatest housing need, who we also feel comfortable with in our property, and who we are confident will respect our property, the neighbours, AND their tenancy, by always paying their rent, and on time.... Read More

ameliahartman

2:02 AM, 18th June 2019
About 15 hours ago

Tenants "homeless" if rent is unaffordable? - new caselaw

What are WE doing to protest about the proposed abolition of Section 21? We are all against it, it would ruin our businesses, so what are we doing to stop it? The government need to hear us and listen to us.... Read More

ameliahartman

1:46 AM, 18th June 2019
About 16 hours ago

Shelter ask for Landlords views

Reply to the comment left by Rick Stanley at 17/06/2019 - 10:44
My sister is a caseworker for Shelter, and some of her clients aren’t exactly model tenants, but she has to be so careful what she says about them, for fear of getting into trouble! Her focus at all times has to be foremost on keeping the client housed in their current tenancy, or worst case scenario, finding them a new tenancy where they can move right into. She has to fight their corner-she simply cannot show that she is frustrated with them. Shelter fight against homelessness at all costs. Nobody is a lost cause. However, one thing they don’t do is tell lies. They stop short of doing that. They go silent instead, and change the subject. I have had tenants who have strong opinions against the NLA and the RLA-believe they should be disbanded, as LANDLORDS have too many rights. Anybody who has been illegally evicted fears Section 21, and so does any tenant who regularly receives them because landlords are selling up etc. It would be interesting if we had tenants on here, and employees of Shelter. But I know none of my family would be interested.... Read More