Smartermind

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Saturday 15th February 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 106

Smartermind

10:29 AM, 7th April 2021
About 6 days ago

Lodger's possessions abandoned in my property?

Reply to the comment left by Lindsay Keith at 07/04/2021 - 09:53
My experience is that the passport office are quite adept at losing people's passports themselves. It may be "property of the Crown", but it is also wrong to say it doesn't belong to the evicted lodger - it is for their use and therefore they are the rightful "owner".... Read More

Smartermind

8:19 AM, 1st April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Can landlord claim back a COVID rent discount?

A court case won't settle this as each landlord will have agreed to different terms for the discount. It will be even worse if landlords haven't specified it in writing and just used wishy washy words to offer the discount.

Unless the landlord has specifically stated it in writing then trying to claim back any discount will be difficult.

The terms of the tenancy agreement are still binding and once the Covid emergency is over, the normal rent should apply. With my son's tenancy, which I manage for him, we stated in writing that the tenants could have a 10% discount for the duration of the term of the tenancy. We also allowed the rent to be deferred for the duration of the first lockdown with the stipulation (in writing) that once the first lockdown ended the deferred rent would need to be paid in monthly instalments over the remaining term of the tenancy. The tenants paid the deferred rent without any issues.

If a landlord tries to increase the rent to recover their loss, the tenant is free to go.

What it boils down to is how water-tight was the agreement for any discounts or concessions. Each landlord will have to resolve it for themselves. One over-reaching court case won't settle this but the government could legislate that landlords can't recover covid discounts.

Any tenant is free to serve notice to quit once their AST term is over and no court can prevent them from doing that.... Read More

Smartermind

11:34 AM, 17th March 2021
About 4 weeks ago

Tackle the curse of late payments but not for landlords?

This initiative is to tackle late payments to small businesses by large businesses not by end customers or private citizens. I understand where you are coming from but your tenants are your end customers, unless you are in a rent-to-rent or corporate tenancy agreement. Presumably this legislation would apply to landlords where they are letting/leasing their properties to larger businesses.... Read More

Smartermind

11:28 AM, 17th March 2021
About 4 weeks ago

Are local authorities suppose to charge for giving Notices now?

Reply to the comment left by Des Taylor & Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence at 17/03/2021 - 11:25
You mean Akins not Luke. Luke was just commenting on the question by Akins.... Read More

Smartermind

11:26 AM, 17th March 2021
About 4 weeks ago

Are local authorities suppose to charge for giving Notices now?

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 17/03/2021 - 11:09
The OP said: "I shall make appeals to the 2nd Tier Property Tribunal for the thousand pounds the invoice I received from the Fenland District Council"?

Perhaps his statement is not crystal clear.... Read More