John Simpson

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 20

John Simpson

11:28 AM, 24th October 2018, About 3 years ago

Please help with confusion over Building Regs and HMOs

Under the very latest rules on HMOs, your property is only classified as an HMO if there are more than 5 tenants from more than one family AND they share either a toilet, bathroom or kitchen, which clearly your's don't. However there will be other Building Regs your husband should've complied with, not to mention planning, in creating a further studio (assuming Planning and B Regs were obtained for the original 7?) but if the works are old enough then exemptions may apply. A local building inspector being anal as they are, would probably quote you all the current regs which could mean doing a lot of unnecessary work. I'd get a building surveyor in to give you advice if I were you. Any property built 5 years ago to spec at the time probably doesn't meet todays regs now, but that doesn't mean you have to do work on your property every time new building regs come out. The other thing I'd do once you've had the advice is to run it past your buildings insurer.... Read More

John Simpson

11:33 AM, 27th April 2017, About 5 years ago

Government hopes to make Universal Credit payments easier for Landlords

Having no been involved with Housing Benefit for years, can I just ask three questions of those in the know please?.

Is it still the case that if the landlord is paid rent direct by DWP that they have to pay it back if it subsequently transpires the claim was fraudulent?

Does the tenant have to give permission for the rent to be paid direct by the DWP to a landlord

How can a landlord asked for arrears to be paid if presumably the monthly benefit amount is only equal to the rent due?

Many thanks in anticipation... Read More

John Simpson

9:44 AM, 21st April 2017, About 5 years ago

Shared House down to one tenant but no agreement?

Neil is spot on. Strongly suspect she may have acquired some implied tenancy rights by virtue of having been there for as long as 9 years. Agreement or no agreement. Keep us appraised of the situation please as it would be interesting to see if there is a resolution available?... Read More

John Simpson

13:48 PM, 30th November 2016, About 5 years ago

What am I entitled to if tenant leaves after 1 month?

I suspect you can also claim for any associated costs with re-letting-so additional agency fees, your time etc. Otherwise I think you'll find most courts will apply the mitigation principle even though technically your're in your rights to claim for the remainder of the full six months.... Read More

John Simpson

13:40 PM, 30th November 2016, About 5 years ago

Unsavoury goings on?

If he is in "complete contravention of the terms and conditions of the lease" why don't you just officially give him notice to desist otherwise you'll take action to rescind it, which is your ultimate right of remedy as freeholders?... Read More