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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 60


10:53 AM, 2nd September 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Generation Rent want open ended tenancies and Landlords to cover moving costs

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 02/09/2021 - 10:47
A slight error there, Mick.
Should have read;
LLs: well then we have no choice but to increase rent across the board even for tenants without pets.


11:47 AM, 2nd August 2021, About 2 months ago

One or two estate agents?

I agree with your last paragraph. I would find one motivated agent and let him do the business. It's worked well for me. Don't sign up for longer than 6-weeks, then they'll know that they have to perform and quickly.... Read More


21:33 PM, 31st July 2021, About 2 months ago

Small Shop - simple contract?

The Law Society Business Lease is the way to go. If you want it back at the end of the period, you would need to contract it out of the act ( L&T 1954 as amended) If you give them a clear 14-days notice of this - in writing- all they would need to do is sign a simple declaration - see L&T 35, 35a/1 and 35a/2.
It's a simple process, but as you're new to this I would strongly advise that you get a solicitor to deal with this on your behalf.... Read More


13:16 PM, 17th July 2021, About 2 months ago

Business Rates - confused?

Reply to the comment left by Doug Ellison at 17/07/2021 - 06:40
It would be useful to know if, for example, both properties were non-listed and above the threshold. Would empty rates be claimable by the Landlord on both. I have a number of industrial properties in blocks and this question concerns me should two or more become empty at the same time?... Read More


9:10 AM, 3rd July 2021, About 3 months ago

Empty Dwelling Management Order from Council head of revenues?

Yes, that was kind of you, Sivershine, to reduce the notice period.
The trouble is with cash strapped local authorities is that they have to look for ways of drawing in more money. My LA who previously gave an empty discount for 6 months has issued this notice.
From 1 April 2021, there is no discount available for properties that are unoccupied and unfurnished. Council tax will be charged at the full rate. If a property remains unoccupied and unfurnished for two years, a premium will be charged as follows:
If the property is still unoccupied and unfurnished after two years, 200% Council Tax will be charged.
If the property is still unoccupied and unfurnished after five years, 300% Council Tax will be charged.
If the property is still unoccupied and unfurnished after ten years, 400% Council Tax will be charged.
I agree that in your case you needed to advise them in order to get the initial empty rate after which you may be able to extend it to uninhabitable - although not having CH would not be a sufficient reason to apply for this.
My point is that we are all heading for the same zero discount from day one so in the case of my council, I just meekly pay the full rate as requested just in case it remains empty for 2-years and beyond...... Read More