Harlequin Garden

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Saturday 24th May 2014


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Harlequin Garden

9:28 AM, 27th June 2019
About 5 months ago

Can I refuse viewings or photographs being taken?

I generally carry out my own viewing but in a recent tenancy change I did use agents and found that they like to deal directly with the tenant - which means calling/texting to say that they are coming which with a couple of agents engaged meant many viewings which were unsuccessful as the tenant was unhappy and obstructive (he was anyway) and had an issue about the viewings because of his own 'personal belongings' (a very large sofa and TV). It ended up pretty disastrous and carried on for a month as he'd deny access to arranged viewings. I found that the agents were very unhelpful in continuing to arrange viewings - a very vicious circle. Had there been just one or two 'good' viewings (where the prospective tenant had been allowed to relax or look out of the window) it would have gone quickly. I was also not aware for a couple of weeks that the agents were doing this, they'd arrange a viewing either do the viewing with a stroppy tenant or be denied access but not feed back to me. So my suggestion is to deal directly with the landlord and arrange certain days (and this will include early evenings) when viewings can be done. Don't be too precious about your 'personal belongings' it's the layout and size that a new tenant is looking at.

I did have one flat that was proving difficult to let - when I went around to check I found 3 guinea pigs in a long run taking up a third of the floor space things very untidy and scruffy. Once the pigs went and the place given a smarten up it went to the next viewer so if it you do present well it could avoid a long stream of viewings.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

19:06 PM, 25th May 2019
About 6 months ago

Loft conversion without planning permission or building regs

Reply to the comment left by Wyn Burgess at 25/05/2019 - 18:37
But isn't the consensus that it doesn't need planning or building control consent as it falls outside the time range - if we did this we'd be pulling down extensions all over the place. CLUED and if you feel like it indemnity insurance. What you advertise it as - this is a whole different range - is then up to you and your agent, you can calls rooms what you wish unless it's obvious.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

15:28 PM, 24th May 2019
About 7 months ago

Loft conversion without planning permission or building regs

Reply to the comment left by jojo at 24/05/2019 - 14:50
If it was me I'd get whatever consent is necessary - certificate of lawful use isn't hard to do. If it's a bungalow it's always going to be a loft room?... Read More

Harlequin Garden

12:18 PM, 24th May 2019
About 7 months ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

One of the frustrations I've found with the dispute service is that they don't have a format for calculating the amount they will award for damage - they have the mantra about 'betterment' - and heaven forbid we could be put back in a better position but when pressed on how they actually calculate the amount awarded they just go into repeated nonsense followed by 'there is no set calculation' - so it's all based on fairy dust anyway.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

11:52 AM, 24th May 2019
About 7 months ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

It would always be the last resort - my only two have been for bills unpaid that would revert to me if left unpaid so I would actually be out of pocket if I didn't go to the Dispute Service, though the tenant actually instigated the process, I was happy to negotiate with him, and then other issues while I was at it but would have let go if it wasn't for the unpaid bills the tenant refused to pay and the other was for damage to the roof where the tenant had gone out of the window while partying and damaged the roof tiles, the deposit in no way covered this damage but was better than nothing, he apologised saying he was drunk and until the very last day agreed that I kept his deposit (didn't get it in writing) then had a change of heart and disputed it, he got it back as I hadn't include the roof in his inventory.

I don't think any of us would willingly use this not fit for purpose service.... Read More