David Lawrenson

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Tuesday 2nd July 2013


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David Lawrenson

17:29 PM, 11th September 2019
About A week ago

Are you managing your rented property within the law? - Landlord Law

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 11/09/2019 - 16:55
Excellent point, well made.
Yes, many landlords fail to appreciate what an "agency relationship" means for them (and so do many agents too).... Read More

David Lawrenson

16:34 PM, 11th September 2019
About A week ago

Are you managing your rented property within the law? - Landlord Law

...and for that reason most don't join a landlords organisation.... Read More

David Lawrenson

16:33 PM, 11th September 2019
About A week ago

Are you managing your rented property within the law? - Landlord Law

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 11/09/2019 - 14:29
Yeah, could have made that clearer.
What I said in next para was to imply that there is so much to know that the accidental landlord (who numerically make up the greater numbers of all landlords) simply gives up and elects to not bother and just trusts to the letting agent to "do it all right for them"... Read More

David Lawrenson

11:25 AM, 10th September 2019
About A week ago

Are you managing your rented property within the law? - Landlord Law

Well, yes, there is so much to know these days and with legislation changing, there is a lot of new stuff coming out all the time to keep on top of too.

This is the reason why membership of the combined RLA / NLA, two of the larger landlords organisations is only 80,000, whereas there are thought to be over 2 million landlords.

Of course, a large number of those landlords will be one property only (mostly "accidental landlords") and landlords say just with two. They will probably not even regard themselves as landlords as such.

These people will trust to a letting agent to do everything "right" for them, but we all know, the quality of letting agents can be poor - with many seeing their fees as more important than your long term income.

I would say, for all people who let property and use an agent, one really key thing is to ensure they do not get the "tenant from hell". And to ensure this they simply have to set and ensure the letting agent has very robust standards as to what tenant they will accept - and have the final say. Referencing and income checks is key.

Getting a bad tenant is a thing that could be v expensive and could really make you very ill. So don't let a letting agent risk it for you.

For that reason, I wrote "Buy to Let Landlords to Finding Great Tenants", my second book for landlords. All it does is just look at that part of the process of finding a great tenant and I had in mind, not just un-agented landlords but agented landlords too, when I wrote it.

I'm sure Tessa's course is great, like all her stuff.

David Lawrenson
http://www.LettingFocus.com
Independent advice for landlords... Read More

David Lawrenson

16:11 PM, 3rd September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Crisis campaign to restore LHA levels to market rents

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 03/09/2019 - 15:38
...Yes and they often effectively discriminate against LHA tenants too. Not that this seems to concern Shelter.... Read More