Ian Cognito

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 14th July 2014

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 128

Ian Cognito

11:00 AM, 11th July 2019, About 2 years ago

When a tenant dies his Utility Bills die with him?

What does the law state regarding liability? I would have thought that:

1) any debt incurred by the tenant up to date of death is the estate's liability.

2) any debt incurred after the date of death will depend upon:
a) the nature of the Tenancy Agreement ie. whether its within a fixed term, after a break, or periodic (maybe estate liable for 1 month only)
b) whether there is a beneficiary willing to continue the tenancy
c) when the keys are handed back

Direct contact with a next-of-kin and/or executor will certainly help. Getting the Damages Deposit paid out can be a grind.... Read More

Ian Cognito

11:05 AM, 29th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Dispute on certification for fire doors going to court?

I found this at firesafe.org.uk:
Identifying Fire Doors
Once the certification is approved, each similarly constructed door set will be identified by a label identifying the manufacturer, the date of manufacture and the designated fire rating of the door type. This identification label is usually affixed to the top edge of the door. A colour-coded plug may be inserted into the door, instead of or in addition to the label. For hospitals, fire doors display a disc at the top of each face of the door showing the designated fire performance as per Health Technical Memoranda (HTM) 58.
Identification marks can sometimes be removed or painted over during the installation or adjustment of a fire door set but, if the work has been professionally carried out under the auspices of the BWF/FIRAS Accredited Fire Door Installers Scheme, the chance of this happening can be avoided.... Read More

Ian Cognito

11:24 AM, 12th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Dream tenants threatened by Housing Trust shared fencing issue

One comment, one question:

The government has not changed any rules, Jo, regarding which side belongs to the property. It makes no difference which property the smooth side faces, nor whether the fence is on the left or right.

Are you saying, Gary, that the landlord IS responsible for his tenant's dog (because the landlord has allowed the tenant to keep a dog but failed to properly fence the garden) or that the Housing Trust will attempt to find him responsible?... Read More

Ian Cognito

18:02 PM, 2nd March 2019, About 3 years ago

Bad Tenants Database

Reply to the comment left by Badger at 02/03/2019 - 16:17
A few years ago, I got fed up with the referencing companies provided by online agents. The companies assumed that I wanted a reference that would meet RGI standards, whereas, I actually wanted a genuine understanding of my prospective tenant's circumstances.

I spoke with a number of companies and decided that landlordreferencing.co.uk would be best able to give me what I wanted. I have not been disappointed, though I agree, Badger, that their site is not the easiest to get on. On the flip side, their staff are readily available by phone, go to great lengths to answer questions, and are happy to "drill down" into the various elements of a reference report.

In summary, don't be put-off by landlordreferencing.co.uk's less than intuitive website (confusingly, they call themselves Tenant Referencing UK), as it's well worth the effort.... Read More

Ian Cognito

9:11 AM, 27th February 2019, About 3 years ago

Bad Tenants Database

Was agent managing the let? If so, did they make any mid-term inspections during the 12 months? If not, did you?... Read More