Ian Narbeth

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 8th July 2013

Location
London

Trading Status
Joint

Providing essential rental accommodation since
1989

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118
No


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 575

Ian Narbeth

10:27 AM, 18th January 2019
About 3 days ago

Ban on Lettings Fees to commence June 1st

Reply to the comment left by wanda wang at 17/01/2019 - 20:54
Wanda, you have misunderstood. The Tenant Fees bill is about prohibiting upfront fees (such as for referencing and preparing the tenancy. It does not apply to deductions for unpaid rent or breaches of the tenancy such as cleaning. You will of course have to protect the deposit with the DPS or another scheme and they have a mechanism for resolving disputes if the tenant disagrees with the deduction.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

9:44 AM, 17th January 2019
About 4 days ago

Ban on Lettings Fees to commence June 1st

Reply to the comment left by wanda wang at 16/01/2019 - 22:29Wanda, please re-read my post and Ross Tulloch's. I was answering his separate question about charging for allowing a tenant to get out of the lease early. That is a separate matter from the prohibition on upfront fees.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

11:12 AM, 16th January 2019
About 5 days ago

Ban on Lettings Fees to commence June 1st

Reply to the comment left by Ross Tulloch at 16/01/2019 - 10:44
I assumed your tenancy was for more than six months, e.g. twelve months but you allowed the tenant to leave early subject to paying £200. Please clarify.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

10:30 AM, 16th January 2019
About 5 days ago

Ban on Lettings Fees to commence June 1st

Reply to the comment left by Ross Tulloch at 16/01/2019 - 09:45
Hi Ross
Charging a fee to allow early termination is not caught by the Act so you are OK to do so. Many landlords charge a sum equivalent to 2 weeks rent as a break cost.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

10:37 AM, 15th January 2019
About 6 days ago

£2.4m for government crackdown on irresposible landlords

We should bang on about the 82% satisfaction rate. We can make a further point.
If you draw the inference from that statistic that 82% of tenants have decent landlords, you are probably wrong. The percentage of decent landlords is likely to be even higher. Let me explain.
Of the tenants surveyed at any one time, some will have been in dispute with their landlord. They may be in arrears of rent or have damaged the property or be using it for illegal purposes such as drugs or prostitution. Their landlords will be taking steps to get the defaulting tenants out. Self-righteous defaulting tenants can be expected to say that they are not happy with their accommodation, even if the property is (or was before they trashed it) perfectly good and the landlord is a saint who has done everything right.
On the other side of the equation it is unlikely that tenants will tell a survey that they are satisfied with their accommodation when it is substandard.
It follows that 82% is an under-estimate of satisfactory rented accommodation. QED.... Read More