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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 28

Barbara Gwyer

10:17 AM, 1st August 2018
About 2 months ago

Shared occupancy test for rent-a-room relief adds unnecessary complexity

Surely if the landlord is living in the property as their sole main residence that should be all the proof the Government requires? But of course nothing with this current Government can be so simple can it?... Read More

Barbara Gwyer

11:18 AM, 11th May 2018
About 4 months ago

10 More Section 24 Campaign Billboards To Be Erected Soon

I am as horrified as any landlord over Section 24 as I face the pending abyss of a tax liability more than I shall actually be earning, thanks to this tax. However, while supply and demand rules I still fail to see how individual landlords can raise their rents to cover these Government-imposed increased costs unless absolutely every landlord does the same. It might be different in other parts of the UK, but in south London rents have been falling of late with a surfeit of properties available and a dirth of tenants. There are far too many accidental landlords with one property around here who I anticipate will probably just bail their properties out. Having considered all my options, unless the tax is reversed I shall be selling most of my portfolio and reluctantly leaving the market.... Read More

Barbara Gwyer

12:39 PM, 19th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Fair or unfair landlord treatment - We're OUT!

The one and only time I have ever been taken to arbitration was over a 5-day old washing machine that the tenants had trashed through complete stupidity. The tenants knew that I would be charging them for the vandalised washing machine before I went ahead and bought it, but at the end of the tenancy they contested it. I lost because although MyDeposits arbitrator agreed according to the AST I had a right to charge them, I had no paper trail offering them the option of purchasing the replacement washing machine themselves before I bought the replacement.... Read More

Barbara Gwyer

10:39 AM, 5th February 2018
About 8 months ago

Should I let my HMO tenants choose their new flatmate?

I don't have any HMOs, but this situation has arisen with my 2-bed flats and 3-bed houses which are all rented out on ASTs. I am quite happy to allow tenants to source replacements as they have to live with them not me but on the strict proviso that I do all the reference checking, we amend the existing AST , I change the tenant names over with MyDeposits and the new tenant pays all costs incurred. At the end of the tenancy, if all is well, then we can draw up a new tenancy but I totally agree that you have to be careful with this one. Works for me... Read More

Barbara Gwyer

14:07 PM, 8th January 2018
About 8 months ago

Social Landlord not prosecuted despite mass gas safety breaches!

Yet another example of a Government hammering the PRS in favour of their cronies.... Read More