Luke P

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

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Luke P

12:09 PM, 18th November 2018
About 17 hours ago

Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 18/11/2018 - 11:21
The BIG difference, for me at least, is the jurisdiction of the Judge...or rather lack thereof (provided the paperwork/process/P.I. has been followed correctly) - the best the tenant will get is 42 days and even then only in exceptional circumstances. If you had a PITA tenant who had pets against the agreement, was smoking in the property, not keeping the garden and causing neighbour disputes then the Judge is unlikely to grant Possession. They'd say that pets and smoking, whilst they may indeed be against the terms of the agreement, are perfectly normal day-to-day activities and in themselves do not warrant eviction. The garden is subjective and logistically a simply and immediately remedied (if the tenant actually bothers to do it) and without a body of supporting evidence, preferably from other authoritative bodies, will not get very far. Add inconsistent rent payments to this and provided the tenant shows willing (by paying a paltry £5/mo toward their arrears), then you're unlikely to leave with a 'win' either.

THIS, is precisely why most LLs forego the monetary loss recovery and get the (almost) guaranteed return of their property under S.21. We are not social workers, nor are we loan companies or a charity. If one customer doesn't pay, you have to stem the flow of the supply of the product and/or replace them with a customer that will pay. It is the same in all businesses...except when you don't settle your account with, say, a builders' merchants, you will be put on stop. Shame we can't do the same with tenants who don't pay their rent on time! People will always prioritise in the order of most hassle first. They know there is little their LL can do in the immediate term, which is why Xmas is always on me and why they will beg/steal/borrow to top up the gas or electricity key (because if you don't, you gets no power).

I've mentioned it before, but is there anything to stop us taking a swipe of a credit card (perhaps from a guarantor), just as a hotel would, for instant redress?... Read More

Luke P

13:02 PM, 17th November 2018
About 2 days ago

Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 17/11/2018 - 13:00
On a separate note, if we loses S.21 and it’s mandatory Possession, I will begin to exit the industry and become exceptionally choosy about who is able to rent from me.... Read More

Luke P

13:00 PM, 17th November 2018
About 2 days ago

Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

Does anyone know the pre-action protocol lenders must follow before undertaking a repossession? If there’s a set procedure (when it comes to arrears, anyway) that is deemed adequate enough to take back someone’s own home, then surely this should suffice for tenants of rented property too. Perhaps an agreement to pause any additional interest and agree a payment plan, but break that and it’s game over.... Read More

Luke P

12:55 PM, 17th November 2018
About 2 days ago

Alliance Solution for Housing benefit tenants

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 17/11/2018 - 12:33
Have you got a link to Generation Rent’s proposals?... Read More

Luke P

12:53 PM, 16th November 2018
About 3 days ago

Urgent need to review Section 8

Reply to the comment left by Rob Thomas at 16/11/2018 - 12:43
You can only raise the rent if there is provision in the tenancy *or* the tenant agrees. Assuming the tenant doesn't agree or if the raise is too much, the tenant can have this independently assessed...go too stupid with the level of increase (in order to cause them difficulty in the hope of using a S.8) and you may get no rise at all. I would say anymore than 10% would be frowned upon and disallowed by a rent officer.... Read More