Tessa Shepperson

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th June 2013

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 168

Tessa Shepperson

7:49 AM, 31st March 2021, About 3 months ago

Selective Licensing fines for minor breaches?

Conditions in HMO and selective licenses are subject to law. If any conditions are unlawful they can be challenged through the courts. For example, they can't make you liable for tenant anti-social behaviour, as (save for a few exceptions like vicarious liability with employees) you can't be made liable for the actions of someone else.

If you want advice on your license conditions we have an 'HMO Hotline' telephone advice service, which can also be used for selective licensing, here: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_content/the-landlord-law-telephone-advice-service/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

16:56 PM, 20th February 2021, About 4 months ago

Cat and dog allergy issues?

Reply to the comment left by SM at 20/02/2021 - 16:46
I have seen insurance that covers pet damage from Endsleigh here https://www.endsleigh.co.uk/personal/lets-with-pets/ but you cannot charge the cost to tenants as a fee.

Mind you, there is nothing to stop you increasing the rent to cover it ...... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

11:19 AM, 19th February 2021, About 4 months ago

Cat and dog allergy issues?

The law has NOT been changed to force landlords to allow tenants to keep a pet. The gov't have just amended their model tenancy agreement which, so far as I am aware, not many people use anyway.

See my post on this here: https://landlordlawblog.co.uk/2021/02/09/the-law-has-not-been-changed-to-allow-tenants-to-keep-pets/... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

20:14 PM, 31st December 2020, About 6 months ago

Rent repayment order VS Rent Arrears?

You should get specialist legal advice and, as Phil says, do not speak to the Council until you have done this.

You may want to consider our HMO Hotline telephone advice service here: https://landlordlaw.co.uk/openaccess_content/the-landlord-law-telephone-advice-service/. All panel solicitors are specialists in HMO law.... Read More

Tessa Shepperson

12:25 PM, 21st December 2020, About 6 months ago

Rent to Rent Contracts - lots of questions?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 21/12/2020 - 11:56
Absolutely. I couldn't agree more.

The course we offer is about warning landlords what the pitfalls are. We don't really recommend doing 'rent to rent' but if people want to do it, or are stuck in rent to rent arrangments with issues, the course will be able to help.

We decided to run it so there was at least some training out there which told the real facts and did not encourage people to enter into unsuitable arrangements.

David drafted up the agreement as it is really hard to find a decent rent to rent agreement - apparently, most people just adapt AST agreements which as you will know are totally unsuitable. A bespoke agreement will cost in the region of £1,000-£2,000 whereas landlords can get this agreement and the course for £420.

Checking out the 'rent to rent' tenant is extremely important I agree, but so is the agreement. For example, I understand that some Local Authority rent to rent agreements (which some people would assume are OK) provide that landlords cannot end the tenancy while there are sub-tenants in occupation.... Read More