Marie Smyth

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 2nd July 2013


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 23

Marie Smyth

17:25 PM, 21st May 2014
About 6 years ago

Police damage to rental property

The police entered a property I rented on a lawful warrant. The door was solid teak and the damage was extensive so much so the door and frame had to be replaced. It wasn't a standard door, it had to made to order. I claimed against the building insurance, the excess was applied to the tenant and I understand the insurers recovered their costs from the police. If you can let the insurers deal with the argument of who pays and recover your excess from the tenant?... Read More

Marie Smyth

20:08 PM, 12th August 2013
About 7 years ago

Landlord Licensing Schemes - Raising Standards or Raising Funds?

Hi all.

Interesting debate. I think all councils know their good Landlords but not always the bad ones out there. licensing only affects the 'Good LL' as the bad LL will be doing his/her best to stay under the radar and the good LL will already be known to the authority. I licensed immediately and in worked in conjunction with the Environmental Health Officer upgrading 13 houses in Ealing, divided into either studio, 1 and 2 bed flats;, the license of course would not be approved without a) meeting standards and b) payment. Payment being £100 per habitable room per unit so you can imagine the fees were steep when based over 50 odd units.

What was the benefit? Absolutely Nil. Working in conjunction with EHO and the fire Officer is the norm for a good, decent, honest owner/manager. I approached the authority once licensing was introduced (and yes I include myself as decent, honest in the letting business) whereas you need not take any bets that there are still 'bad' LL opperating out there without handing over any licensing fees. It is yet again a charge affecting decent people but still allows the elusive baddies to continue to ignore the regime the rest of us are following. Just wondering what else can they hammer us with?... Read More

Marie Smyth

12:23 PM, 5th July 2013
About 7 years ago

Rent2Rent Scheme Gone Wrong

For Tessa. I have been involved in lettings for a long time and had never come across rent2rent before; I didn't even know that it was referred as rent2rent. This man approached the issue as a guaranteed rent and I know that this coloured my view and was a big part of my decision to rent the property to his 'Company' however I was badgered by him to proceed and under pressure from other sources I capitulated. I can understand that there isn't really a contract out there for rent2rent and maybe there shouldn't ever be one, perhaps the practice should be made illegal? After all its adding another layer to an already complicated legal minefield. Suffice to say for my part NEVER AGAIN............ Read More

Marie Smyth

23:46 PM, 4th July 2013
About 7 years ago

Rent2Rent Scheme Gone Wrong

Again a big Thank You to everyone for all the congratulations received regarding the outcome of 'my' court case. To Vanessa I posted an abreviated account on Property Tribes and tried to link it to property118 but it wouldn't allow the link? Perhaps you would be kind enough and able to provide the link? I must admit I didn't relish the idea of posting the whole story again; my apologies for being lazy on this ocassion! Very exciting times regarding the case being reported in The Sunday Times, I am very happy to report the outcome but have some trepidation in respect of a picture of myself or my home as this 'gentleman' knows where I live and I certainly wouldn't want my picture available, just in case? I'm not suggesting that anything would happen, just that currently I'm not comfortable with having that aspect of the case being made public. A final HUGE Thank you to Mark and Vanessa it is because they have been involved that the matter is being reported in the media; without these invaluable sites ( Property118 and Property Tribes ) I'm sure many, many Landlords would be struggling in the dark at the moment given the conflicting and onerous decisions that have been made regarding tenancy deposits.... Read More

Marie Smyth

21:56 PM, 2nd July 2013
About 7 years ago

Rent2Rent Scheme Gone Wrong

Francis

I would love to name and shame but I think I would be facing another court case?

Marie... Read More