Harold Levine

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 20th February 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 15

Harold Levine

15:16 PM, 7th January 2016
About 5 years ago

Letting Supermarket provides massive cost saving opportunities for private landlords

It's not whether they are unreasonable...
it's whether they misrepresent what the charges are for.

Tenants do not pay for the gas certificate etc... Read More

Harold Levine

13:16 PM, 19th December 2015
About 5 years ago

Letting Supermarket provides massive cost saving opportunities for private landlords

From a tenants perspective. They charge 200 pounds plus vat.

On their website, I think the fee is slightly misrepresented ie :-
Setting up an online account to store your documentation so it can be accessed at any time
Full referencing of tenants and guarantors – this includes writing to your previous landlord or mortgage company, lifestyle referencing, credit scoring, employers or accountants references. Some landlords also request sight of three months bank statement and proof of identity and residence (e.g. driving licence, passport, utility bills)
Inventory and schedule of condition prepared by an AIIC/APIP qualified inventory professional on check in and check out
Tenancy and Guarantor Agreements
Taking meter readings on check in and check out and informing utility companies of tenancy change over
Lodging your Deposit with DPS and issuing a deposit protection certificate
Unprotecting and refunding your deposit on check out
Providing a valid Gas Safety Certificate
Providing a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate

Are not the last two paid for by the landlord? You're not taking payment for these twice?

I don't mind trying to switch but I would prefer the tenant pays a lower fee without these added on to the initial application/referencing charge?
Can this be done?... Read More

Harold Levine

12:47 PM, 19th September 2015
About 5 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Reply to the comment left by "Connie Cheuk" at "19/09/2015 - 12:26":

My pleasure.

It's nice that everyone seems to start talking
about something else.

If the government want to introduce longer term tenancies and give deposits to people who want to buy their landlords house
Would it not make sense to find out how to influence this process?
Be part of it.

Ideas about how they could work cohesively together may be listened to.

Be part of the next process of change.

The government would not be interested in your historical tale.... Read More

Harold Levine

12:03 PM, 19th September 2015
About 5 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Reply to the comment left by "Connie Cheuk" at "19/09/2015 - 11:43":

You've completely missed the point.
If you read back to the other posters on this thread who were talking about how it would work...

If this is going to happen anyway, think of the most positive way it would work and influence the process before it happens.
So that means it is less likely to cost landlords...
Proactive campaign.
To ensure landlords have a choice not to do it but to create a market where it is possible for tenants to buy.
Couple this with longer term tenancies, (which are also on the political agenda) ie the tenant can have the agreement long term with right to buy as part of it or the landlord can choose not to offer that agreement and rent under standard ast.

If this campaign is lost or won this will be one of the next issue from now till at least 2020.
Create the legislation that benefits landlords well ahead of the curve.

Ifbit is going to happen anyway...argue for it...you will get heard but try to influence the details.
Just a thought........ Read More

Harold Levine

10:38 AM, 19th September 2015
About 5 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Reply to the comment left by "Saeef Khan" at "19/09/2015 - 09:56":

If you can see the words you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.

Doesn't apply 100% to you, so please don't take offence but your comments don't really apply to the points I was making.... Read More