Neil Patterson

Registered with
Monday 7th February 2011

Member of The Landlords Union

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 2946

Neil Patterson

8:54 AM, 18th September 2019
About 3 days ago

Concerned about DPS certificate and issuing a section 21?

Dear Wilko,

You state you have created a new tenancy agreement, but it looks like you have not protected the deposit for that specific tenancy or issued prescribed information?

"Deposits don’t need to be protected if a tenancy deposit was received for a fixed term tenancy before 6th April, or if the landlord holds the deposit against a statutory periodic tenancy, which also started before April 2007.

However, if a landlord wishes to gain possession of the property under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the deposit must be protected and the Prescribed Information issued to the tenant prior to serving the Section 21 notice.

Landlords will not face any financial penalties for non-protection of the deposit.
Deposits taken before 6th April 2007 and tenancies that became periodic after April 2007

Deposits taken before 6 April 2007, for tenancies that are still running and have moved onto a periodic tenancy on or after this date, now need to be protected in a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme. If a deposit remains unprotected, the landlord could potentially face a fine.
Deposits taken on or after 6 April 2007

Landlords who took a deposit on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) after 6th April 2007 and correctly protected and served the Prescribed Information to their tenant do not need to reissue the Prescribed Information to the tenant on future renewals of the AST, or if the AST rolls into a statutory periodic tenancy.

This is so long as the tenancy details haven’t changed (i.e. landlord, tenant and property information) and the deposit remains in the same tenancy deposit protection scheme.

Prescribed Information can include details of a person representing the landlord. The act confirms that where an agent has protected the deposit on behalf of the landlord, the agent’s contact details may be provided in place of the landlord’s."... Read More

Neil Patterson

8:52 AM, 17th September 2019
About 4 days ago

Trying to find a mechanism for the first two days rent?

Hi David,

Did the RLA say there would be a problem with the student moving in technically two days early?... Read More

Neil Patterson

11:54 AM, 16th September 2019
About 5 days ago

Section 21 abolition stinks!

Ewwww Luke I really don't know what to add to this other than nothing !!... Read More

Neil Patterson

11:40 AM, 16th September 2019
About 5 days ago

Would two baths and two beds give a better return?

Hi David,

Are there any comparable in the surrounding area you can find on Rightmove easily?... Read More

Neil Patterson

13:45 PM, 13th September 2019
About A week ago

LTS claim 46% of London agents are not compliant

David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s figures from London Trading Standards (LTS) on rogue letting agents: “We’re really pleased to see Trading Standards prosecuting bad practice in the industry; it’s the only way to clean up the sector and we’ve been calling for it for a long time. People should remember that if they can’t see an agent’s fee template, CMP certificate and redress scheme membership prominently displayed in their office, that’s three laws that they have already broken. This raises the question what other laws will that agent break? At that stage, a tenant should walk straight out and choose an ARLA Propertymark member where agents follow a strict code of conduct which puts the tenant first. It’s also why we have been calling on the Government to regulate letting agents and are pleased that plans are well underway for mandatory registration and training for all letting agents”.... Read More