Fiona Macaskill

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Thursday 6th June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 9

Fiona Macaskill

14:02 PM, 4th August 2016
About 4 years ago

Does my leaseholder have the right to compel me to evict a tenant?

Reply to the comment left by "Charles King - Barrister-At-Law" at "04/08/2016 - 13:55":

Thank you Charles, that is very useful indeed.... Read More

Fiona Macaskill

13:45 PM, 18th January 2016
About 5 years ago

Warning letter template?

Here is the one we use - I have removed the excerpt from the contract as this is obviously specific to us.

Hi everyone,

I am afraid we have had a complaint of unacceptable levels of noise coming on a regular basis about your household.

Your neighbour at number XXX has contacted the office to let us know some of the things that have been happening since you all moved into the house This behaviour she has described to us is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by XXXXXXX. Can I take this opportunity to remind you that you have chosen to live in a house that is in a residential area and no longer live on campus at the university. With this comes the responsibility to behave in a responsible and respectful way to your fellow housemates and your neighbours in the street.
The following extract is taken from your signed tenancy agreement under Tenant Behaviour

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There is a £25.00 administration charge for subsequent complaints that we have to deal with and this charge will be noted on your deposit deductions sheet. It is at this stage that we will also be writing to each of your guarantors if the behaviour does not change. Please ensure that you go round to your neighbour’s house and apologise to them and let us know when this has been done.... Read More

Fiona Macaskill

12:15 PM, 30th November 2013
About 7 years ago

Until when is a tenant responsible for their share of the bills?

Reply to the comment left by "Robert Mellors" at "30/11/2013 - 11:41":

I rent to over 200 students. So as to make paying the bills easier for the students I pay all of the bills for them. This includes gas, electricity, TV licence, broadband, water. So as to keep an accurate record of their usage I ask them to read the meters every month and send them a copy of the bill electronically. I charge £14 per week per student but at the end of the year I calculate how much it has actually cost them and refund any underspend. This means that they are more careful with their actual usage of their utilities and therefore more eco than if they did not have the incentive to save money. some tenants get back over £150 at the end of the year. I charge £1 per month per student for providing this service. it works well and would recommend it to any student landlord who wants to provide a high level of service and also be eco. Regarding your student who is leaving: her liability for bills remains until the end of the tenancy in my opinion.... Read More

Fiona Macaskill

13:38 PM, 7th November 2013
About 7 years ago

What accountancy software do landlords use?

Reply to the comment left by "Ollie Cornes" at "07/11/2013 - 13:00":

I've just had a long chat with my daughter who has a portfolio of houses and started using Xero 2 days ago - she loves it! She says the Co op do not do an automatic download facility but she can down manually without too much trouble.... Read More

Fiona Macaskill

12:56 PM, 7th November 2013
About 7 years ago

What accountancy software do landlords use?

Reply to the comment left by "Ollie Cornes" at "07/11/2013 - 12:52":

Thanks Ollie,
I'm looking at it - moving from Quicken 2002 after 10 year's use would be a very big deal for me so I've got to take a lot of care and make sure its worth all the effort - automatic downloads are very attractive!... Read More