Jessie Jones

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 9th August 2014

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 37

Jessie Jones

19:02 PM, 25th June 2019
About 31 minutes ago

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Reply to the comment left by ameliahartman at 25/06/2019 - 06:08
"We have just spent an extra £66,000 in the last 18 months majorly refurbishing 9 of our properties. 5 new conservatories, 9 new ensuites, 9 new downstairs WCs, 6 new loft conversions, 9 new kitchens, and 9 new bathrooms."

Wow, that works out at less than 1.5k per new conservatory or new kitchen or new loft conversion etc.. You have some remarkable skills. It's almost unbelievable.... Read More

Jessie Jones

14:42 PM, 18th June 2019
About A week ago

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Reply to the comment left by Rennie at 18/06/2019 - 12:02
I would hope that nobody else adopts Amelia's illegal practices. Increasing the rent with a view to returning part of it at any stage, including at the end of the tenancy is unlawful, unless that portion is registered with one of the three approved deposit schemes, and does not take the total deposit to more than 5 weeks rent. Just by not calling it a deposit does not mean that it isn't a deposit. Amelia is potentially liable for some hefty penalties.
Arguably, an increased rent for a dog owner is little different to increasing the rent for those in receipt of benefits, or otherwise refusing their application. Certain sections of our community are more inclined to be dog owners than others. This goes across age differences and ethnic differences at least. Why do we think that higher rent is acceptable for those with dogs? Because we know that the property will suffer greater wear and tear. Maybe not with all dogs, but certainly with a good proportion. And the same goes with DWP applicants. Not all, but a good proportion.
It is hard to argue robustly that applying a similar policy to those in receipt of benefits is materially different to applying a criteria to those with a dog.
If Amelia is so outraged by a tendency against letting to the unemployed, she might reconsider her policy of increasing the rent for those sections of our community who might want to keep a dog.... Read More

Jessie Jones

11:37 AM, 15th June 2019
About A week ago

Rain ingress in garage damaging tenant's carpet?

Is there anything in the tenancy agreement, inventory, advert or otherwise that implies that the garage floor is suitable for a carpet? If there isn't then I would say that you have no liability.

My own garage floor gets wet following heavy rain, so does my shed floor and so does my greenhouse floor. These are all designed to keep water out, but not to the extent that I can put carpet in them. Your tenant needs to claim on his contents insurance, but i rather suspect that the insurance company would reject the claim on the basis that he has been negligent by using the carpet in a way it isn't intended.... Read More

Jessie Jones

11:00 AM, 15th June 2019
About A week ago

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Surely the best way to lessen the risk of having a problem tenant is to set the rent at a slightly higher level.
Local Housing Allowance rates have remained stale for several years, as have most benefits, whilst wages have risen an average of 3% last year. My costs as a landlord have risen because of selective licensing, restrictions on allowable charges and changes to mortgage interest relief.
I make my houses a little nicer, and I charge a little more. Not by much, but it puts the rent beyond that which an applicant on benefits can afford. It's not my fault, it is simply market forces. As a result, I don't have to put 'No DSS' on my adverts.
I have had people on benefits insist that they can afford the rent, but I tell them that it would be irresponsible of me to let my house to someone, knowing that it would cause them financial hardship.
In reality, the LHA is no longer enough for me to provide 'nice' accommodation whilst still making a little profit. And I don't want to let scruffy properties.... Read More

Jessie Jones

9:13 AM, 2nd February 2019
About 5 months ago

No shower - It's a dirty job?

Kenneth,
He has no legal right to stop paying his rent. People who think they can do this are likely to find other reasons to stop paying their rent, like mildew build up in the bathroom after he runs a hot shower and doesn't open a window.
You would be well advised to evict him without any further delay, using a Section 21 notice if he's over his first 6 months. I wouldn't bother with a Section 8 as this gives him the opportunity to argue at Court, unless you're still within the first 6 months, in which case you'll have to wait until he is 2 months behind. Either way, evict him now otherwise you'll end up loosing more rent and still evicting him in the future.... Read More