Syd Lewis

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

Syd Lewis

20:16 PM, 8th May 2013, About 9 years ago

Potential Deposit dispute - Question from a Concerned Tenant

I think Paul has summed up most of what you need to know. However, if you want to know exactly what your rights and obligations are you can go to
Where I explain in great detail fair wear and tear, damage, apportionment and betterment.

Further note there are only 3 recognised deposit schemes, the one you mention is not one of them. They are:

• Deposit Protection Service (DPS) (
• My Deposits (
• Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) (

Hope that helps... Read More

Syd Lewis

21:15 PM, 10th April 2013, About 9 years ago

No pet policy, tenants have 2 dogs with pups, help!

HI Mark has given you some very good advice. If you would like to get some help with how to draw up a pet policy, taking a pet deposit and a free pet checklist there is a charity that can help go to I have rented to pet owners and have not any problems.... Read More

Syd Lewis

18:36 PM, 2nd April 2013, About 9 years ago

Switching letting agent without penalty

When I used to use a Letting Agent (full management) back in the 90's they would deduct their fee from the rent first and the first two months rent would go to them. Have you spoken with the agent to find out what is happening?... Read More

Syd Lewis

9:19 AM, 6th March 2013, About 9 years ago

Creating opportunities by letting to pet owners

Hi Neil,
Thank you for your comments, let me start by saying these are very valid points and yes Landlords should take them into consideration.

As my bio states, I have been a landlord for over 20 years during which time I have use many different insurance companies and I have never seen a clause in the landlords policy implying that you cannot rent to tenants with pets. But it would make good sense to call your insurer and ask. If you are not covered, ask them to cover, they may wish to charge a fee simply inform the tenant and ask them to cover the fee. If the insurer refuses, use a different insurer. Also, provided your electrical system is up to scratch then a fuse would trip before a fire started. Electrical house fires are normally started by the wires or a device overheating by a fuel source or providing an ignition by a fuel source and this can happen even if there are no pets, for peace of mind I would suggest having regular portable appliance test carried out, perhaps annually.

Deposit deduction, you cannot deduct form a deposit for fair wear and tear only for damage the increase in deposit is to cover the potential increased risk of damage and resultant cost. If a landlord is concerned about increased wear and tear, then they would normally ask for a small increase in rent.

Legal, as far as restrictive covenants are concerned I have assumed that the landlord will already know that they are restricted from allowing pets, so the decision as to whether to let rent to pet owners has been taken out of their hands.

Woodwork, having been a developer for many years I know that you almost always get the shrinkage and settlement cracks. The only time I have ever seen substantial shrinkage of the type you mention was where there was too much moisture in the wood before fitting or were the job was rushed (not allowing time wood acclimatize to its new environment). Don’t forget wood tends to expands and shrinks with the change from winter to summer.... Read More

Syd Lewis

19:55 PM, 24th February 2013, About 9 years ago

Residential Property Inventory Services In A Nutshell

Hi Armiella,
It's as Mark states there are really just two to recommend, I have just written an article "Finding A Good Independent Inventor Provider", should be posted on Property 118 in the next few days if it hasn't already which I think you might find helpful. One further note all certified inventory providers with APIP and AIIC are listed on their websites in a directory for you to locate a member near you. Hope that helps.... Read More