Amanda GdM

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Saturday 13th June 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 6

Amanda GdM

13:00 PM, 26th February 2021
About A week ago

I have the misfortune of being taken to court by nightmare tenant in small HMO?

You are allowed to be in the communal areas and enter when you wish (use reason and common sense as to the times).
If you smell drugs / suspect drug use call the police.
If you dont want your tenant anymore, cut straight to a section 21 (however long it takes) and just request repossession of the room.
Work with the tenant to negotiate an early departue. If they are in arrears, maybe offer to clear it and reimburse the deposit.
Your number 1 objective is to move this tenant out and get your room back. There is no positive future with this tenant.
Even if you have to swallow your pride and it does not seem fair - calm negotiation and financial incentive can work.
You can point out that you have a duty of care to all tenants and that you are obliged to look after them as well, hence the need to come to an amicable agreement about moving out. Otherwise you have no choice but to get the police involved.
you could say..."because I have a duty of care to the other tenants and they have made compalints about drugs use I need to keep popping in to make sure everything is ok".
RE' the boyfriend - not sure how many are allowed in the HMO without a licence but if the boyfriend pushes you into licence territory I'd contact my local HMO officer to seek advice. Maybe they can help put on some pressure by writing directly to your tenant.
Try open ended questions - "lets see if we can come to an agreement...how long would you need realistically to move on ?...It has been a terrible time for both of us...lets try and work it out. "
I know it is easier said than done but worth trying as clearly the court route is just not getting you anywhere and winding up the tenants.... Read More

Amanda GdM

12:11 PM, 22nd February 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Neighbours having issues with noisy tenant?

Reply to the comment left by RL at 22/02/2021 - 11:52
I'd also politely point out to the neighbours that both themselves and the tenants are living in their own homes.
I have sometimes found that neighbours who own their own home do sometimes discriminate against people renting a house next them. As if the renters somehow have to be model neighbours. Or are not entitled to live in the house in the same way. So I try and work on the neighbours too and normally talk in the third person to distance myself from it. At the end of the day, if we were talking about neighbours who each own their homes, they would have to deal with it between each other.... Read More

Amanda GdM

9:52 AM, 13th February 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Council tax per room for HMO in Nottingham!

Reply to the comment left by raj beri at 13/02/2021 - 09:41
We had put in the all inclusive section that coucnil tax was included where there was 1 CT for the building. As this is now not the case, we have had to inform tenants to expect to receive CT bills from the council. You can imagine their reaction. Landlords are graciously offering to cover and back dated CT bills but going forward cant cover it. its massive becuase we are talking backdating 14 x single CT bills (there are actually 8 rooms in 1 flat and 6 rooms in an above flat).... Read More

Amanda GdM

8:48 AM, 13th February 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Council tax per room for HMO in Nottingham!

Hi all
Many thanks for taking the time to comment and feedback. Alot of food for thought. We are keeping our fingers crossed the decision can be overturned. Unfortunately the high spec of the build and investments costs never took into account this bombshell so reducing the monthly rent per room to compensate for the council tax that tenants will have to pay just doesn't make it a particularly viable investment now. It is unfortunately a major issue.... Read More

Amanda GdM

19:46 PM, 20th June 2020
About 9 months ago

How should I separate 2 HMOs into individual names?

Reply to the comment left by Puzzler at 20/06/2020 - 08:29
Many thanks for your replies. That’s really helpful. I think she will pay one off and I will try to get a btl remortgage on my own and we will try and synchronise it so our names are removed at the same time.... Read More