Jim S

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 5th May 2014

Trading Status
Sole Owner

Providing essential rental accommodation since
1988

Number of rental properties owned
21 – 40

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118
No


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 90

Jim S

9 hours ago
Property118 Nominated For Prestigious Award

Done, 118 is the most gutsy landlord website.... Read More

Jim S

A month ago
How to make a claim for damages

Reply to the comment left by Sami Houmrani at 17/06/2018 - 23:14
I assume that you can do both, ie claim on the deposit and then take the tenant to court for any balance of money that would still be owing. My experience of going to court in the small claims court is that the judges are hugely in favour of the tenant and are even down right rude to the landlord and so I believe that the deposit adjudication service is a better option. However you can win in the small claims court if it was a claim for something that you can easily prove like rent arrears, but as for contentious issues like cleaning and damage because they are viewed subjectively everyone can have a different opinion and the judge just simply rapes you. (Even if you have good evidence)
Why not go for the subjective claims with the DPS and then after the deposit balance is used up use the small claims court to claim for the easy victory's of rent arrears?... Read More

Jim S

A month ago
How to make a claim for damages

My experience of the DPS is that they make it so difficult for a landlord to make a claim on the deposit that you have to ask yourself is it worth it? I have student tenants and they very rarely leave the property clean, all I actually want to really get out of a deposit is the cost of the cleaning and the rent. The rent is easy to prove your case for but the cleaning is contentious because of it's subjective content. Has anyone got any advice as to how I can make a successful claim for cleaning of a property?
I have an excellent check in cleaning inventory that I have produced which is all written descriptions and so I can successfully prove a clean standard at check in but at check out the DPS will not accept a written description of unclean which sounds a bit ridiculous if you were to write "dust on skirting board" dust on window sill for each room etc. I would be there for ever just writing up about where there was dirt so I used photographs for the check out condition but then the DPS said they would not accept check out photographs because there were no check in photographs. I appealed against there adjudication decision about not accepting my check out photographs on there own and the senior adjudicator agreed with me and so it went back into adjudication for a second assessment. I did obtain more money but then they just said that the cleaning bill was too expensive and so did not give the full amount that I had paid out. How do I win?
I really do get my cleaning done to a very high standard and so the cost is also expensive, if the cleaning bill comes to £300 and they only give me £200 then how do I prove my case to be able to be compensated for the full amount. I am seriously thinking about not taking a deposit at all and just dropping my standard of cleaning to just a polish and hoover out. It takes a lot of time to take a deposit from 5 students, register the deposit and THEN HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT through adjudication and not receive the full amount.
I don't think deposits work anymore!!!!!!
How do I win without paying for expensive inventory clerks that the tenant does not want to pay for and my time that can not be claimed.... Read More

Jim S

A month ago
Is it legal to take deductions from overpaid rent?

As a landlord who has been in this situation I have also wondered if it is legal to make a deduction from overpaid rent, certainly it's not ethical but if the landlord returns the overpaid rent then the tenant will most certainly not make any payment of rent or charges outstanding. What I do is to withhold the repayment of rent pending full payment from the tenant of their charges (A bit of a stalemate) I am then quite happy for the tenant to then take me to court where I will put in a counter claim against the tenant for their unpaid rent and charges. I also have it written into my tenancy agreement that I can make deductions from overpaid rent.... Read More

Jim S

2 months ago
Landlord Law conference important update on Gas Certificates

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 30/05/2018 - 16:46
Hi Chris,

Yes that's the way that I understand it.... Read More