Andrew Holmes

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 49

Andrew Holmes

11:51 AM, 29th February 2016, About 6 years ago

Last months rent damp and dubious oil bill?

Hi sarah,

Sounds like you have problems with current Landlord.

Where you stand legally is probably best discussed between yourself and Citizens advice and/or local housing officer. You have a few issues: ie, Finishing your tenancy early, possible rent arrears if you do not pay, landlords lack of care towards his property and tenant, lack of receipts for payment of fuel. I assume it states in your tenancy agreement that "The Landlord will maintain and repair the property to a good standard", or something similar ?

Take any documentation to appropriate parties, if a landlord harasses or threatens a tenant they can be subject to a big fine so they need to be responsible in their approach and dealings with you.

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Andrew Holmes

11:39 AM, 29th February 2016, About 6 years ago

How to prepare an inherited property?

Probably cheaper to get the work done in an empty property where trades people can get in an unhindered to complete the work and are not working around a tenant and their belongings.

Secondly, if you move someone in and problems develop, as they do, you may have to re house the tenant to get the work completed.

Its about investing a little money now for what i assume will be a long term rental income for yourselves.

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Andrew Holmes

11:32 AM, 29th February 2016, About 6 years ago

Open fireplace in bedroom?

In bedrooms there has to be certain sized openings for double glazed units as a matter of fire regulations, i would make sure using a room for a different purpose was legal in a rented property and if so it met all fire regulations.

The fire will also have to meet certain specs regarding the hearth size and construction, materials used and spacing for those materials. The old fire places in some houses were built way before these regulations came in and do not meet new regulations.

I would defiantly liaise with the local housing officers to check regulations and where i stood regarding an open fire in a bedroom in a rented property you are responsible for.

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Andrew Holmes

12:34 PM, 26th February 2016, About 6 years ago

Tenant left 6 months early and cancelled Direct Debit

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Dully" at "25/02/2016 - 09:00":

Hi Gary,

Never used the abandonment rule for any of my properties to date which is why i was unsure and suggested George to look into it.

Landlord Zone has some information and guidance on it according to the position of the tenant leaving the property.

The above link may give you some more idea about the abandonment situation in case you need it in future, but as ever its down to interpretation of the situation.

Hope this helps.

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Andrew Holmes

12:50 PM, 24th February 2016, About 6 years ago

Tenant left 6 months early and cancelled Direct Debit

Hi Steve,

If the letting agent has taken due diligence and acted in the new landlords best interest then there will be no problem.

However if they have not and just took the tenants without acting professionally, which i have seen myself previously, then the Landlord they represent, for a fee, has the the right to know.

As a private landlord would i take a tenant who has refused to pay previous utility bills and left a TA early without taking the proper course, no i would not and i suspect most private landlords would walk away from tenants such as this. I struggle to understand why a landlord paying for a professional service would take tenants such as this but like you say, it takes all sorts. Either way i would still look at approaching their current Landlord if possible and making them aware of the situation, its a perfectly reasonable step to take.... Read More