Darlington Landlord

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Saturday 1st March 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 170

Darlington Landlord

16:22 PM, 30th August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Sell or repair? At my wits end!

Reply to the comment left by Kathy Evans at 29/08/2019 - 17:35
Yes I emailed you on the 28th. Maybe it got caught by your spam filter?... Read More

Darlington Landlord

20:25 PM, 27th August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Sell or repair? At my wits end!

Reply to the comment left by Kathy Evans at 27/08/2019 - 14:57Ok so your Property is in County Durham. I can't help with urgent boarding up so would recommend you ask the Police/ local housing department who they use or just get someone off something like trusted traders to secure the property ASAP. I'm assuming you don't know any local landlords you could ask and TBH it sounds like your letting agent is hopeless.
I can recommend the other trades but its better if we email direct
Mark Alexander / Neil - Please can you give Kathy my email address.... Read More

Darlington Landlord

14:51 PM, 27th August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Sell or repair? At my wits end!

Reply to the comment left by Kathy Evans at 27/08/2019 - 13:56
Hi Kathy,
Is your Property in the North East? I might have some contacts.
Will your insurance cover some of the damage? if so they will have rules about what repairs you can do before they agree the claim or they won't pay for them so its worth checking first.
Also whilst it may seem there is nothing left to steal you need to secure it ASAP to avoid the risk of Squatters, Vandalism, Fire etc. while you decide what to do.
I would highly recommend fitting a basic burglar alarm (maybe even a wireles one you can easily remove if you sell) as a deterrent.... Read More

Darlington Landlord

15:58 PM, 21st August 2019
About 4 weeks ago

How do we select the best tenants for us?

Reply to the comment left by kaps z at 20/08/2019 - 21:11
I would recommend you join your local landlords association if there is one or, as you mention Rentsmart Wales, the RLA, and get detailed advice from them. I know the RLA has details of everything you need to legally do. Its well worth paying a (tax deductable) membership fee to an association for the advice and help, plus you can usually get discounts on things like buildings insurance too. The government has published a "how to rent booklet" which you can easily find on google but it doesn't cover lots of things that you as a real life landlord need to consider.
Have you actually met the couple and the 2 friends? I find talking to people and gut feel can make a difference. In terms of £50 per month less for the couple if you think they will stay longer its much better than having a void of up to a month after 12 months and that doesn't include any costs to fix wear and tear and readvertise.... Read More

Darlington Landlord

17:31 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 weeks ago

How do we select the best tenants for us?

Reply to the comment left by kaps z at 20/08/2019 - 10:54
Please don't think of the tenant referencing as a formality. It is the most critical thing you do as a Landlord alongside making sure you/your agent has provided all the required paperwork at the right time (much is required to be proved to be provided before the tenancy starts so you will need written confirmation of that).
Not all references are equal, as a landlord I have been horrified by Agents obviously 3rd party agency requests for minimal reference details via App/text for outgoing tenants.
I always contact the previous as well as current Landlord, request proof of residence via bills of addresses not found on the system, and if there are question marks request a guarantor. As you are starting out it might be best to only accept tenants who qualify for Rent Guarantee Insurance which will pay out if the tenants do not.
This may seem a hassle but its nothing compared to getting the tenant from hell or someone you have to constantly chase for rent arrears which keep mounting up.
I would also consider have the 2 guys been sharing accomodation for several years or is it very recent? Statistically its more likely, they will fall out/one will move in with a partner/get a new job than the couple move. On the other hand the couple could have a track record of moving every 6 months. Theres no reason you can't go back to them and ask a few questions before deciding.... Read More