Harlequin Garden

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Saturday 24th May 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 161

Harlequin Garden

12:12 PM, 18th May 2019
About A day ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 18/05/2019 - 10:29
When you provide over and above the proof - invoices, proof of payment, inventory in and out and then don't get it - even an admission and it is still not awarded to you - I have to think that it is an unfair system and the bias is always towards the tenant who provides minimal evidence, and thank my lucky starts that I haven't had to go down this route often - I only did this because the tenant also owed an energy bill (new build and they are generated by the management and the lease holder has ultimate responsibility - ie the bill reverts to me if the tenant doesn't pay) - he said the readings were incorrect - the management and the supplier backed me thankfully (who knows ?they may have been incorrect) - and the unpaid portion that had accumulated during his tenancy was awarded to me - however I didn't get the the amount outstanding from his last bill to the final exit bill - I'm convinced they don't actually read all the paperwork. It's all hard work now. I wouldn't have billed him for a 2nd clean and had the floor done via insurance who told me to take it from the deposit (too late now) - he refused to respond to me and went straight to the dispute service - there was no way I was going to pay his £500 electricity bill without defending myself.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

10:21 AM, 18th May 2019
About 2 days ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

This sounds like the 'Zero Deposits' scheme I've heard about - for big issues your own insurance should kick in (I didn't do this as he'd admitted the damage to the floor and said in an email that he'd deal with it - so I'm awarded £85 with no explanation, it wouldn't even cover my excess), this really is a broken system - I'm just so fortunate that I've not relied on this and just sorted out any bits of damage or missing items myself and been pleased that the tenant has paid rent for the term and left when they said - easily pleased. There really isn't anything in place to protect the landlord and I'm wondering why we are doing it now with all this other stuff in and to come in. I've just had a tenant in an HMO remind me of 'fit to rent' when they haven't cleaned the rubber seal of their washing - suddenly my fault. It wasn't always like this.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

15:25 PM, 17th May 2019
About 2 days ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

Thanks - sounds like it is perfectly normal to not even expect to have the deposit used for the purpose it is intended. I also had the impression that the adjudicator hadn't read all the docs. I went to a lot of trouble to ensure that they had everything and professional reports and quotes (and invoices) and it was all very clear.

Has anyone come across the 'Zero Deposit' system I mentioned?... Read More

Harlequin Garden

12:46 PM, 10th May 2019
About A week ago

How can I help a previously homeless tenant?

I'm hoping that I'm not in isolation here but the dearth of responses may mean sadly I am. I feel I have a responsibility to help where I can - I'm fortunate enough to have a home and have given homes to my family, the very least I can do is to continue to help someone I've helped out for 10 years - just because I am not his landlord anymore I don't think that morally excuses me and I can move on.

The issue here is as much that we have a disastrous housing policy, if it benefits a landlord to move out tenants, do a bit of an rejig with the facilities - very ugly and not very good - and then move 'homeless' in for twice the rent that that in my opinion is morally wrong - the knock on from this is that those housed here will never be able to move on as they will never earn enough to pay the rent/bills/council tax that it currently being met by housing and other benefits - so they are essentially stuck, and the housing they are stuck in is very low quality - for this money they could actually live somewhere pretty nice. This landlord has no interest in the housing conditions I've no doubt they will just meet the regulations - just collecting the inflated rent - nice if you can live with yourself and he clearly can. I can't.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

11:17 AM, 10th May 2019
About A week ago

How can I help a previously homeless tenant?

The units are valued for council tax and have been for the last couple of years - and yes the landlord is responsible for any time the places are empty. I've had continuing correspondence with the council over this but they continue to contact me so there is obviously no one registering them. That's not a big issue it's the way he's treated the original tenants and this it would appear is not an issue for anyone else. I've told him to speak to Shelter - I maybe able to do this on his behalf, the local councillor has responded with the number for private housing at the council offices so they have no interest in the tenant or what the landlord is up to (which makes a change). I'll have to let it go but while they still come back to me for help I'll do what I can.
The heading is misleading it is a previous tenant being threatened with eviction/being made homeless... Read More