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: 1075

Ian Narbeth

10:45 AM, 1st December 2020
About 3 days ago

New HMO licence - Can Islington demand these conditions?

Reply to the comment left by Martin Thomas at 01/12/2020 - 10:22
Martin you write: "you and other landlords could take them to the 1st Tier Tribunal if you are convinced it is overkill after reading LACORS". Much as I sympathize it will cost far more in terms of time, professional fees and your time to fight it with the Council than to comply. It frustrates me that we have to install fire panels with 3-zone alarms for a 3-storey town house. Costs at least £1000 extra but that's the price of doing business.
Remember also you will be dealing with the same Council for as long as you have the property. You might win at the tribunal but don't expect the Council officers to cut you any slack in future.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

12:02 PM, 30th November 2020
About 3 days ago

New HMO licence - Can Islington demand these conditions?

Reply to the comment left by James Mann at 30/11/2020 - 11:44
James
With several unrelated people in the house I would expect the Council to require there to be fire doors. Houses built int he last 15 years will usually have fire doors.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

11:43 AM, 30th November 2020
About 3 days ago

New HMO licence - Can Islington demand these conditions?

Hi Sandy
I manage a number of HMOs (thankfully not in Islington). Fire alarms and emergency lighting are standard HMO conditions. Islington have an additional licensing scheme in place which covers "all houses or flats where there are three or four unrelated people, forming two or more households and sharing facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or WC" . https://www.islington.gov.uk/housing/landlords/houses-in-multiple-occupation-hmos.

If you do not comply and get licensed then the Council can take action and your tenants can seek a Rent Repayment Order.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

10:33 AM, 16th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Guarantor for fixed term or duration of tenancy?

Hi Ashleigh, please have a look at my article here: https://www.property118.com/satisfaction-not-guaranteed/ The NRLA have changed their deed of guarantee so if you are using it, make sure you have the current version.
Unless the guarantee endures you lose all the benefit of it when the fixed term ends. A tenant cannot be compelled to sign a new tenancy and there is no obligation on the guarantor to re-sign the replacement tenancy. Even if the tenant agreed to procure a new guarantor, breach of that obligation simply entitles you to seek to forfeit the tenancy. Good luck getting to court anytime soon.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

17:22 PM, 9th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Water damage from baby sock?

Reply to the comment left by Jonathan at 09/11/2020 - 16:23
Hi Jonathan
It's up to you but I wouldn't bother with an express clause in the revised AST. Once you start on this, where do you stop adding clauses? I would rely on the implied duty to act in a tenant-like manner. Paradoxically, if you start listing a number of do's and don't's the tenant may have an argument that only those items that are included (look up expressio unius, exclusio alterius) are required so you end up worse off.... Read More