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8:56 AM, 17th May 2019
About A week ago

Best Deposit Protection for disputes?

I am not a fan of DPS either. I received a very tenant - biased judgement following my replacement of a badly damaged mattress, and a derisory sum was awarded. To add insult to injury, from the judgement delivered, it was clear that the adjudicator had either not read or had misinterpreted the facts of the case. DPS also failed to supply me with a copy of the tenant’s submission, which I had specifically requested, so I don’t know how truthful/accurate that was.
ADR requires a lot of paperwork from the LL yet I suspect the outcomes are seldom worthwhile if, as it appears, the responses favour the tenants in the majority of cases.
I am interested to hear others’ experiences of deposit alternatives.... Read More

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22:13 PM, 25th April 2019
About a month ago

Chimney exhaust ownership

Reply to the comment left by Paul Shears at 25/04/2019 - 21:35Structural engineers are highly qualified with challenging exams, so are definitely not muppets. If they get things wrong, the consequences can be very serious indeed.
Sometimes they act for muppets though.... Read More

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21:10 PM, 25th April 2019
About a month ago

First signs of industry consolidating ahead of the tenant fees ban

Interesting stats bringing evidence of what we already anticipated would happen following this legislation: fewer properties available and rising tenant demand.

However this can only be a part of the picture, as ARLA is presumably collecting data only from its members' branches, and not from non-member agents nor Landlords who do not use agents - so there could be significantly more properties being lost to the PRS which are not being recorded anywhere.... Read More

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14:01 PM, 16th April 2019
About a month ago

Theresa May announces she will ban section 21

Reply to the comment left by Hamish McBloggs at 16/04/2019 - 13:43
James Brokenshire I think. He is certainly the one that referred to the 'rare' times that tenants were in rent arrears....... Read More

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7:06 AM, 16th April 2019
About a month ago

Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Draconian legislation

Brilliant piece Ian, thank you.

Very enlightening - unfortunately. Unfortunately because it highlights the huge imbalance between Landlord and Tenant rights, and sounds the death knell for many PRS landlords who will simply sell up and leave the sector.

With this and yesterday’s announcement re S21, I am at that point too. I will not continue to be dictated to about what I can and can’t do with my hard earned and valuable property assets. I am a law abiding landlord and offer good quality, safe properties, but enough is enough.

As has been mentioned above, are you happy for this article to be reproduced to send to MPs and others? I would like to think that with greater exposure of the true facts, maybe some people will sit up and take notice.... Read More