John

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Thursday 14th May 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 28

John

9:05 AM, 10th April 2021, About 4 months ago

Smart Meter Installation - thoughts please?

NIGHTMARE, My tenant had one installed without my knowledge and it has caused me a lot of extra work. The Company will not remove it. I have a student let with new students each year. One of them leaves a month early because they have finished their exams and informs the supplier. I then get an incorrect invoice and have a lot of trouble getting it sorted out and have to send the rental contract to the supplier to prove they were liable until the end date of the contract.... Read More

John

18:39 PM, 11th July 2020, About A year ago

Tenant background checks reliable?

I let my flat via a major London Estate / Letting agent. They used Van Milbert Referencing Agency. They gave a glowing report with the recommendation that we should proceed with the tenant. We took her on. She paid for about 6 months and then got about 11 months in arrears owing over £20,000. We then did our own research on her and found out that she was out of work when she moved in, that she had been evicted from her previous flat and that her employee reference was untrue and provided by a friend.. The reference report wasnt worth the paper it was written on. The Property Ombudsman was on the side of the letting agent and said that they had used a referencing agent so did all they could have done , which is disgusting as I as a layman could see that the reference report was a scam. I am taking the letting agent to court.... Read More

John

16:02 PM, 28th February 2020, About A year ago

Evicted tenant with no savings but £5k pm consultancy work?

Hi Richard,
DCBL felt that they had a reasonable chance of some recovery but only by monthly payments. If the tenant agreed to pay say £500 a month it would take about 4 years to recover the £20,000 plus their fee. They say that their contract is only for 12 months so if she stopped paying after the first year it would be down to me. Also if she moved or lost her job issues would occur. My other alternative action would be to employ a Solicitor who would try to get an enforcement order for £500 to £1000 per month but he said that the same problems would occur if she stopped paying. moved or lost her job.
Regards, John... Read More

John

22:34 PM, 27th February 2020, About A year ago

Evicted tenant with no savings but £5k pm consultancy work?

Richard, I have spoken to DCBL and think you are slightly wrong.
They tell me that the £60 is not for admin but for the court costs of them getting legal authority to act as Bailiffs in the particular case. They say that this £60 can be added to the debt that the tenant owes. If DCBL are successful in recovering money they will take a cut and this will be added to the debt the tenant owes, so they are motivated to try hard. However if they are not successful you will have to pay them £75 + VAT for their efforts.
Regards
John... Read More

John

18:57 PM, 27th February 2020, About A year ago

Evicted tenant with no savings but £5k pm consultancy work?

Hi Clint,
As I understand it the £66 is to go to Court so the Bailiffs ( DCBL in this case) have legal authority to act on the case. Their fee will be added to the debt the debtor owes. If they are unsuccessful I believe that there will be a £75 plus VAT additional fee..
Regards
Juhn.... Read More