philip ellis

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 9th November 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 24

philip ellis

7:53 AM, 16th August 2018
About 11 months ago

Where can I go when the Energy Ombudsman takes tenant's word?

Been here myself.
I don’t micro-manage my tenants lives. A pair of teachers left a property of mine, clearly without doing the necessary sign off with BG. Nine months later I got a letter from BG asking if I was the owner and could I contact them, which I did. From that point on I was harassed my both BG and a subsequent debt collection agency for £120.00 for gas and electricity ‘used’ during a 10 day period in June. Clearly it was impossible to use this amount of energy and presumably the previous years consumption should have shown a typical usage. Regardless, I was pursued on an almost daily basis via automated phone calls and letters. I did call and explain to both BG and agency, but no one listened. This went in for a year. It eventually transpired that I was being pursued as they had no one else to recover the debt from and that it was based only on an estimated reading. I did comment that any court case wouldn’t be very successful based on an estimated reading !! Luckily they have now gone away, after nearly two years !!!
Surprisingly I had a tenant leave a mountain of debts the other month. I phoned up E.ON who weren’t worried in the slightest and just told me to mark two letters with Gone Away - and their system would automatically write off the debt.
I don’t like British Gas !!... Read More

philip ellis

14:09 PM, 7th August 2017
About 2 years ago

Over a quarter of tenants haven’t mentioned their pets

That does sound nasty. I can't say I've ever notice any smells, but then, my tenants are pretty clean and tidy... so maybe their cats are as well !!!!... Read More

philip ellis

19:26 PM, 6th August 2017
About 2 years ago

Over a quarter of tenants haven’t mentioned their pets

Reply to the comment left by Gillian Schifreen at 06/08/2017 - 19:16You've given me an idea. It was an Aldi panettone last year....maybe i should push the boat out next Christmas.... Read More

philip ellis

17:03 PM, 6th August 2017
About 2 years ago

Over a quarter of tenants haven’t mentioned their pets

Reply to the comment left by Gillian Schifreen at 06/08/2017 - 16:09That's a lovely idea. Did you just do it as you were feeling kind...or was it linked a to renewal of contract etc.? Did Thorntons deliver?

Think I might to something similar.... Read More

philip ellis

16:59 PM, 6th August 2017
About 2 years ago

Over a quarter of tenants haven’t mentioned their pets

Reply to the comment left by Matthew Dorrington at 06/08/2017 - 14:19What a horrendous story, but it's obviously an exception....and most people a thoroughly decent and respectful. I do believe that my tenants really appreciate the efforts i go to...and I'm sure would fear the consequences should they start to mess me around, as ultimately they'd have to move out and into a shit-hole where the landlord doesn't care how they live.

I do interview all prospective tenants and have a rule that I have to like them...otherwise how on earth am I going to want to sort problems out if I don't like them...and ultimately trust them? Luckily I have lovely tenants and would do anything for them...so long as they don't have too many cats !! :-)... Read More