Steam Engine

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Wednesday 18th March 2015

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 3

Steam Engine

15:49 PM, 17th February 2017
About 3 years ago

Small Claims Court against who?

I believe My Deposits has a mediation service if there is a dispute between landlord and tenant.

It might be worth approaching the problem via this route rather than wasting time and money through a very slow court service.... Read More

Steam Engine

19:02 PM, 16th March 2016
About 4 years ago

Any excuse to withhold rent!

My advice would be try to get references from the last two places they have lived at.

I got caught with a bad tenant who had a glowing reference for the simple reason the landlord found, like me, he was a tenant from hell!

Landlords tell lies just as tenants do, but the smart landlord sees through them after first learning the lesson.... Read More

Steam Engine

10:15 AM, 18th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Should I purchase a dryer in a shared house ?

After receiving an electricity bill for one quarter double what it normally was and having to repair a high end Bosch washing machine with worn out bearings after just 6 months we decided to ask questions to one of our more talkative tenants in our HMO.

We found that another tenant was taking in washing for others for cash on a regular basis and drying it free of charge in the tumble dryer we provide.

Our initial thoughts were to provide a dryer to prevent any of the tenants trying to dry clothes in front of fan heaters in their room.

Despite encouraging them to put washing on the line, as my family does, they seem reluctant to do this.

Although we have not yet done it we are considering fitting a coin slot meter to the dryer.

This is specifically an HMO problem caused by the fact that electricity is paid for by the landlord with no onus on the tenant to be thrifty and not wasteful.... Read More