Clint

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Saturday 18th April 2015

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Clint

15:07 PM, 3rd July 2020
About 4 days ago

Are two rent increases within a year possible?

Reply to the comment left by WP at 03/07/2020 - 09:56
I would be very interested to know how you get direct payments. Are they on HB or UC? I have never been able to get direct payments form UC until the tenant has been at least two months in arrears. With HB I always got direct payments.

If they are on UC and get direct payments from the onset, please let me know how?... Read More

Clint

14:59 PM, 3rd July 2020
About 4 days ago

Are two rent increases within a year possible?

Reply to the comment left by Alison King at 03/07/2020 - 10:20As a landlord who has many tenants on benefits, I would say take the opportunity of getting the maximum rate which is the LHA rate. It may sound taking advantage of the system however, if you rented to benefit tenants you would know how UC operates where they just don't care about landlords losing money and in fact I would say probably have a good laugh.

I have lost six months rent with just one tenant due to stupidity of the system where on two occasions they paid the money to the tenant once in Oct, Nov, Dec 2018 and once in Jan, Feb, March 2020 where the tenant just kept the money and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. This has also happened with another tenant in Jan, Feb, March 2020 and this is all due to DWP not following their own procedures..

These are just two instances. In all, since UC started, I have continuously lost money so much so that I now demand that benefit tenants have a guarantor.... Read More

Clint

11:55 AM, 3rd July 2020
About 4 days ago

2nd BTL 2 bed Vs 3 bed?

Definitely the 3 bed. The two bed will probably in the short term be worth less the day you buy it just like a new car has lost hundreds of pounds the day you buy it and drive it........could be just a mile... Read More

Clint

11:49 AM, 3rd July 2020
About 4 days ago

Are two rent increases within a year possible?

I don't see any problem with that if the tenant accepts it and clearly understands that s/he will not have to pay any more from their own benefits and you make it clear to the tenant that you are only raising it to the LHA rate which is the rate set by the Government.
The rates went up on 1st April and since you put the rent up in March it would appear that you are being greedy.
The tenant could object to it as, you are only allowed legally to increase rents once a year. If they object then you will have to wait a year before increasing it.
I would suggest that in future you increase the rent from 1st April if you are to and want to keep your rents at the LHA rate.... Read More

Clint

12:35 PM, 15th June 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Can I charge for wasted Gas Certificate visit?

I had a similar case where, I always arrange a date for the gas safety test and inform them that they must have gas available (usually where there is a gas meter this could be a problem). The tenant completely forgot where I told her that she would have to pay for the test where being a good tenant agreed however, I decided to leave it and paid twice for the test as I did not want to get fouled by the tenant fee ban.
Prior to the tenant fee ban, I would have accepted the payment from the tenant.
A Bit of Digression.
From a point of the tenant fee ban, I was just wondering if when claiming for rent arrears or any other money owed by the tenant is one allowed to claim the court interest charges which is 8% when otherwise the maximum would be 2% above the Bank of England Base Rate?
Further still if one charged say an administration fee or solicitors fees and the court ordered the tenant to pay these, where possibly, the tenant got a CCJ ?
And say an administration fee for the work done where ultimately, the court would give the tenant a CCJ if not paid, could one fall foul of the tenant fees ban? I would have thought not as, it is a court order.... Read More