Jonathan

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Monday 19th August 2019


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 4

Jonathan

9:32 AM, 26th March 2020
About A week ago

We want to help - Recovering deferred rent?

I've discovered a partial solution to my original query but with particular reference to the use of the deposit on the TDS website where they've just set up a FAQ resource divided into sections on pre, post and end tenancy. https://www.tenancydepositscheme.com/covid-19/

Thanks to everyone for their interest and comments... Read More

Jonathan

10:05 AM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

We want to help - Recovering deferred rent?

Thanks for your comments
One of the reasons I mentioned 3 months in the beginning is that one of the tenants got the message from the NHS saying that as she has an immune deficiency she mustn't go out - even for walks - for 12 weeks and her partner, while not suffering from the same condition, is effectively quarantined too as she can't run the risk he brings the virus back and infects her. One is self-employed and the other doesn't know yet if she'll get the 80% furloughed worker deal so better now to just try and give them peace of mind but it is not a gift. Hope this explains better.

If I knew that in worst case scenario I would at least be able to have the deposit of £1730 released to me it would lessen the blow of them not paying anything back... Read More

Jonathan

9:34 AM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

We want to help - Recovering deferred rent?

Who said anything about an automatic 3 month deferment? Read the original post

If eviction is not an option for at least 3 months, surely it's better to take the heat out of the situation by giving previously good tenants some breathing space at a time when no-one knows all the answers. And as I said, this wouldn't be a gift or free ride in which case, the query is simply how best to work with them so they can pay back the arrears in return for being given a 3-month rent deferment?

How is that being a bad landlord?... Read More

Jonathan

14:04 PM, 10th March 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Planning permission and licence applications?

Thanks for the reply. The property was first rented in its current form (4 unrelated tenants) from 10th December 2011 so it would qualify as established use but needs a certificate of lawful use as you rightly suggest. Having obtained one, it looks unreasonably onerous considering all that will be asked for is to change the use from C3 to C4.

It is fortunate that in this case, the previous usage can be easily proved however many other properties we have can point to continuous usage as small HMOs for 5 years or more but unfortunately, do not predate the Article 4 Direction from September 2014.

Any suggestions on what we might be able to do with these properties?... Read More