Jonathan

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 19th August 2019


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 11

Jonathan

12:05 PM, 29th January 2021
About 3 months ago

Am I being unreasonable?

Not sure I agree that I will get replacement tenants "in a heartbeat"

Before I got the current tenants (now just one tenant unfortunately) , I found it quite difficult to find someone because of the management company's rigid adherence to the over 55 requirement.

For example, I found a 76 year old women who had osteoporosis which affected her mobility and she wanted to move in with her daughter who acted as her carer. Problem was the daughter was 44 and the management company refused to let me grant a tenancy unless the daughter was formally registered as a carer. Their argument was that the daughter could live a hedonistic lifestyle and get home at 2 a.m. in the morning blind drunk!!

I'm now seriously thinking of selling and re-investing in another property (or properties) that don't have the same narrow market restrictions... Read More

Jonathan

10:05 AM, 26th January 2021
About 3 months ago

Am I being unreasonable?

Firstly, can I thank everyone who has posted a comment whether agreeing with me or disagreeing with me.

Next, I didn’t provide this information but for each month without receiving any rent, I still have to pay the service charge of £242 plus the council tax. I am asset-rich but income-poor and rely on the rent to supplement my state pension. Interest on savings is 0.01% so that source of income has disappeared, and I am living off capital, so I am not a greedy, grasping insensitive landlord – just someone trying to protect his and his family’s standard of living.

Finally, having taken all of the comments on board, a compromise has been reached. On reflection, the daughter thought that getting her mother out of the flat in 2 months would put too much pressure on, so they have decided to withdraw their notice, stay in the flat until the end of June and then give 2 months’ notice at the beginning of May. That gives them breathing space and me a fair shot at trying to find replacement tenants. If I haven’t found anyone by the end of June, the tenancy will be deemed ended and I will, if necessary, absorb the loss of rent until what would have been the end of the AST i.e. 30th September.

The daughter and her mother are happy, I am now happy and I am grateful to everyone who posted on Property 118 for giving me the clarity of thought to have arrived at this solution.... Read More

Jonathan

16:23 PM, 9th November 2020
About 6 months ago

Water damage from baby sock?

When the engineer came, he said that if the gap between the drum and the housing is large enough then it's not impossible for a sock to get caught in the edge and pushed towards the drain. He says he's seen this often and always suggests that small clothing items are put into a string bag which still allows them to be washed thoroughly but makes them large enough not to get through the gap into the filter. So now I know .

Based on all your comments, I've drafted an extra clause to go into the AST agreement to cover checking the filter every 6 months and also, clean the bottom of the dishwasher tray where the water drains away as this will often become full of food waste if plates aren’t rinsed first. Don't know if it will do any good but at least it might focus attention on being a responsible tenant... Read More

Jonathan

11:26 AM, 9th November 2020
About 6 months ago

Water damage from baby sock?

Thank you all for your replies which have helped to inform how to cover this off in our tenancy management documentation... Read More

Jonathan

10:34 AM, 17th October 2020
About 7 months ago

HMO licence declined and I must now evict tenants?

I had hoped the 4-year rule would apply here but the LA introduced an Article 4 direction that removes permitted development rights(4 year rule) for change of use from a dwelling (Use class C3) to HMO (Use class C4). Therefore,
planning permission is required in every instance and because the LA want more family homes and fewer sharers, planning permission will be refused... Read More