Don Holmes

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 83

Don Holmes

13:02 PM, 26th March 2020, About 2 years ago

DPS to return landlord's money to agent in financial trouble?

The best way to resolve this is the tenant contact the DPS immediately asking for repayment . Clearly the Agent will be contacted by the DPS advising them that the request has been submitted, in turn that should be agreed by you, the LL Put a letter into the DPS now explaining what you are doing. You will need a firm understanding with your tenants that they will on receipt transfer the funds back to you, then you will need your own DPS account to resubmit. Dont forget to re-issue the proscribed information down loaded from the DPS site and have your tenants sign to say they have received it. Good Luck. We are in the NW if I can help. Regard Don... Read More

Don Holmes

8:02 AM, 20th March 2020, About 2 years ago

Will I now have to postpone S8 eviction?

I have a hearing today. The Solisitor representing called yesterday to advise us to be prepared, he had just been in court and had an application deferred for 3 months!!!
I will advise how today’s proceedings go?... Read More

Don Holmes

14:29 PM, 9th October 2017, About 5 years ago

Tenancy achieved by deception question

The direct advice you were looking for is from Charles above. Ground 17 – This ground was introduced by the Housing Act 1996 and covers cases where the tenancy has been created as a result of a false statement knowingly having been made by the tenant or someone acting on his behalf. It is worth noting here the importance of a Tenancy Application which seeks factual information from the tenant.
If you have an application form from the applicant on which they have made a false statement then the Judge has no discretion. Read More

Don Holmes

10:45 AM, 27th January 2017, About 5 years ago

My letting agent delays on transferring rent to me every month!

Hi Sunny
I am the MD of Go Direct Lettings a growing national franchise rental agency, this is really annoying and bad news to me as our industry is already up against it with agents like this causing us all this bad rap!
However, to offer some positive advise, before we shoot to kill, you must go and speak with the agent and find out the Why? Then if happy insist on at least a standing order being put in place there and then. This is of course a second chance, or sounds maybe more like a third.. If you are not happy with the response, then you have every legal right to stop payment going to the agent. Write a letter to your tenant instructing them to stop any further payment to the agent and make arrangements to collect direct to you, and if they are on UVC or HB, inform the LA.. This doesn't circumvent the agreement you have with the agent, that can be dealt with separately,but as said above it would seem they are in breach anyway, but it stops the rot and has the money redirected. Then you can deal with the agent later and select another. When selecting the next agent, always make sure they are a member of 'Safe Agent' have client money protection are a member of DPS and PRS. if you have any doubt about any of the abbreviations, Google them, it will assist in your development as a Landlord. If I can assist further I can be found here, via my members profile. Good Luck. Don Holmes.... Read More

Don Holmes

12:17 PM, 10th January 2017, About 5 years ago

Rent debt recovery loan agreement?

Hi Karuna
There unfortunately isen't such a document available without getting a solicitor to drew up such a loan agreement after which, bearing in mind your tenant hasten't paid his monthly instalments already so why would he again?
The best advise as above is get rid and then get a court order via small claims court which would be the best,quickest and strongest "possibility " to have in stick to the deal? At least with this order you could go for some attachments of earnings and or benefits. After 30 years as a LL I must agree with the above I very much doubt he will stick to any agreement to pay the debt, let's hope he proves us experienced sceptics wrong
Good Luck... Read More