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11:11 AM, 27th April 2021, About 2 months ago

Removing Sister from a joint ownership property?

Hi Harry, sorry to hear about your predicament, is your sister struggling with mental health post your mums death I wonder? Anyway in law I don't see that she has become 'your tenant' as she owns 50% of the property? Unless there was another arrangement verbal or otherwise in the background? I would advise the utility companies that the bills are not your responsibly and have them transferred into her name including council tax. Then-you'll need sound legal advice going fwd maybe citizens advice, or free consultation with a reputable legal firm, as I assume there will be death duties to cover in good time and the revenue will demand their funds one way or another. Best of luck John M... Read More


9:42 AM, 15th April 2021, About 2 months ago

EICR has thrown a complete spanner in the works?

I used to be a sparky many years ago before we built the portfolio up and started developing too.. I now use my own (subby) electrician as I'm not part P compliant, the only property I use a letting agency for thus their own electrician for is 100miles away, and my word he/they were indeed a licence to print money. Eg, the rusty socket back box £75 to replace was in fact just a rusty plate fixing screw-50p. A cracked pendant cap at £35 to replace was a £1 item, unscrew the old one screw in the new one. The list went on and on.. In the end I took my own electrician to the property on a day rate, and he did all the items on the list labour £250/materials £150 v £1200plus vat from the agency's chap...These guys seem charge by the 'item' so each point seems plausible until you add them all up-ie no scale of numbers. So in my view find an electrician with a day rate (£250-350) that can work through the list...... Read More


20:14 PM, 27th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Alleged Council Enforcement Officer threatening over the phone?

Listed status applies to whole of the building within the curtilage, the particular part of importance could be a façade externally, or a stucco cornice internally is fairly irrelevant as the whole building comes under the listing umbrella regardless, and perms are required for any works at all as a result including those works which have no influence at all on the listed element- As for the 'officers' visit, probably another bad day at the office dealing with listed building refubs! Conservation officers are well known for being ott dramatic types...If you've ever had a planning app within a conservation area you dread the arrival of the conservation officers report..Tread carefully though as technically unauthorised works are unlawful.... Read More


21:38 PM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Taken to Court by no win no fee solicitor?

OMG Clint-as suggested we need a concerted effort by a united conglomeration of industry groups..I've decided land-lording is just not worth the pain/tax/frustration any more so we will not be growing and reinvesting into the portfolio for the time being..... Read More


10:09 AM, 6th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Sell it or rent it?

Hi, I have with good success let direct via the local borough council here in Reading under one of their rental-guarantee schemes. They pay just below market rates, tenants are fully vetted by them and I on normal AST's, so I get to make the final decision, and as the title suggests all rents are underwritten by them for the duration and RBC undertake to return the property in the same order at the end. If your council is switched on to both tenants and landlords needs then it would be worth approaching them to see if they operate such a scheme? A bit less rent, but less hassle than going through a letting agency with all the associated fee's and liabilities which become yours, and they have a waiting list so nil voids.... Just my 2 pennies worth..... Read More