Paul Maguire

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 23rd June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 88

Paul Maguire

23:01 PM, 17th November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Can landlords let out rooms on airbnb without tenants' knowledge or permission?

Dani. I doubt that bills included in rent is a "usually" practice in HMO's as it encourages tenants to have the heating on 24 hrs in winter and regulated by the tenants by opening windows. The ones I've seen advertised have either resident landlords who are able to monitor the usage or the rent is high enough to cover abuse [as in the case of AirBnBs]. In my 2 HMO's the utility bills are in my name [CT and Wifi are included in rent] and get divided by the number of tenants in each month to pay to myself [bills produced]. I used to use seperate ASTs for each room but now [being in Scotland] use the Scottish Government's legal tenancy agreements which have no set maximum/minimum lease period. I could use this for AirBnBs but don't, although I have had many 1 or 2 month tenancies whilst keeping the long term ones. My experience has been that the long term tenants have been happy to have short term tenants occupy empty rooms as it reduces their share of bills [especially in the winter months]. Working with your tenants in HMO's works... [for me and them anyway].... Read More

Paul Maguire

14:46 PM, 17th November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

LIVE interview with David Smith on proposed legal action against Lockdown evictions

.....your husband lost his job and your wife suffers from anxiety ??
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Paul Maguire

17:34 PM, 24th October 2020
About a month ago

To charge or not to charge?

Sorry Sarah, my post wasn't directed at you personally but at the suggestion that you might go to Court which in my view would be a waste of time/energy/money. I lost half of my tenants in March and half of my income. We all survived though, which is the most important bit and it's now fully tenanted again....until the next time. I hope you and your ex-tenant come to an amicable arrangement.... Read More

Paul Maguire

15:14 PM, 24th October 2020
About a month ago

To charge or not to charge?

So Sarah takes her tenant to Court. Doesn't sound as if the tenant has assets and she also doesn't have a job. No matter, you have Righteousness on your side. In Court [a year later at least] the tenant tells the magistrate that when signing and moving in she hadn't considered the dangers of sharing her accommodation with other people in the midst of a pandemic and the Council kindly offered her a safer option where she'd have the place to herself. I'm sure she could give at least one example of a fellow tenant that wasn't being as careful as they should have been, during the weeks that she was sharing the property. I'm an HMO "room by room" landlord too as sole income, but I happen to have noticed that the world's changed a bit.... Read More

Paul Maguire

11:50 AM, 20th October 2020
About a month ago

To charge or not to charge?

I'd give her some leeway as she's not tried to cheat you or wrecked the property but her situation has changed and she's trying to survive without a job. Alternatively you could hound her through the collapsing Court system and make both of your lives a misery.... Read More