Andrew Taylor

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 34

Andrew Taylor

17:47 PM, 22nd July 2014, About 7 years ago

Legionella testing on a single private dwelling - really?

I've had my 20 properties tested last month. Used agreement through EMPO. Was I a risk? Never. But it's just one of those costs of doing business we have to all bare.... Read More

Andrew Taylor

10:25 AM, 30th April 2014, About 8 years ago

New carpets and redecoration required every two years?


Thats some turnover of tenants, 100 a year. I assume you let rooms to students as your main business activity? Different rental markets have different problems and issues. If I was renting to students every tenancy would have a guarantor, and probably a very financially sound one at that.

I'm at around 30 tenancies accross 20 houses over 6 years. I've only been to court once, and had to go through the whole process to baliff eviction. Its not a move you would ever take lightly, its hugely stressful and total takes over your life.

You can only engage with tenants who themselves want to engage. I had private tenants, in work you flew through their references, paid their deposit and month in advance, moved in, then never paid another penny. It took me 8 months to get them out. Believe me I tried every means of communication possible and offerd many different solutions to try and fix the situation such as spreading the rent owed over 6 or 12 months. Alas, there was no solution, they were going to live in my property for free until they were forceably evicted by the court.

As a landlord however good you are, whatever you ability to get down with your tenants - you cant fix this.... Read More

Andrew Taylor

13:30 PM, 28th April 2014, About 8 years ago

New carpets and redecoration required every two years?

Unfortunatley this sounds like the start of the tenant using delaying tactics and fault finding that eventually leads to a messy eviction six months down the line. I hope I am very wrong on this, but it sounds like how my one bad tenancy started to fall apart.

They will not be squatters as they have a tenancy agreement, the fact they are not paying their rent does not alter their legal rights.

As Neil has suggested, its time to get formal. Letters only from now on, keep copies incase things end up in court. Start the eviction process today, and stick to it. If it was me, having endured an eviction through an insurance company appointed solicitor, I'd pay to get a professional outlet to evict them for you.

Andrew... Read More

Andrew Taylor

23:47 PM, 22nd October 2013, About 8 years ago

What is an amateur landlord?

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "22/10/2013 - 20:24":

Totally agree... Read More

Andrew Taylor

20:30 PM, 20th October 2013, About 8 years ago

What is an amateur landlord?

The PRS is not, and can never be, the solution to the housing crisis. The problem is not a question of ownership, but inadequate physical housing stock - not enough houses, and more fundermentally, not enough council houses / affordable homes.

Landlords do not create housing, they just buy and rent existing housing.

Why do I want barriers to entry? Every existing partcipant in every market place wants barriers to entry. It is a essential form of quality control, adding value to the market, and protecting the current participants from undue or unfair competition. Just becuase I can fix a tap that does not make me a plumber, just because I can afford to buy a racing car does not give me the right to race it. There has to be more to it than a question of ownership or partial passed on knoweldge.

During the credit crunch there was a shortage of finance, but we didn't all rush out and start lending cash - why? Its was not that simple, and neither should be being a landlord.... Read More