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Dr Monty Drawbridge

11:26 AM, 7th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

I worked at a Crisis drop in center in SE London for three days from Xmas Eve to Boxing Day last year. I was hugely impressed by the relaxed and inviting environment they provided. The feedback from the guests was truly heartwarming and the volunteers - especially the key organisers, who do an outstanding job - were a truly wonderful bunch from all walks of life. As a volunteer I felt that I had gained as much as any of the visitors from the experience. This year I am visiting family abroad so have donated instead but hope to help out again.

Well done Crisis.... Read More

Dr Monty Drawbridge

13:56 PM, 16th July 2017, About 5 years ago

Iain Duncan Smith Has Spoken Out For Landlords

Has anyone who wrote to him outlining their issues and expressing their thanks for his support received any response? I haven't.

(I haven't checked back through the previous pages as it's running a tad slow).... Read More

Dr Monty Drawbridge

13:32 PM, 16th July 2017, About 5 years ago

Labour Party Manifesto for 'Private Renters' 2017 released

I already offer three year tenancies but have a two way break clause form 12 months. Although either of us could use it, the break clause has always been operated by the tenants - usually at about 1.5-2 years although this is getting longer. I would gladly give up my right to break if I had stronger rights to get rid of troublesome tenants.

As other have mentioned, I also never used to increase rents with tenants in situ. Since s24 I have built modest automatic annual increases into my tenancies. This costs the tenants more - in comparison to my old habit of never increasing rents - but they seem to like it because it gives them the security of know what is coming.

I think there should be discussion about what constitutes non decent accommodation as there is a tendency to treat everyone as if they are comparable with the lowest standard landlords. My rentals are pretty high standard but I still get threats to expose me online for shonky practice - last time because, 6 weeks after moving in, a tenant found thick dust on the top of a lamp shade which he wanted me to come around and clean for him and I suggested that he should run his vacuum over it (he didn't have one). He also complained that a light bulb had blown within a couple of weeks of moving in so he should not be responsible for changing it.... Read More

Dr Monty Drawbridge

23:40 PM, 4th July 2017, About 5 years ago

Rental deposits to be capped at one month's rent

Not exactly a solution but a deterrent to leaving the last month unpaid, I think that I will be insisting that all rent is paid through something like Credit Ladder - i.e. payment history becomes part of your credit record. Would not work for all tenants but mine are generally young professionals who mostly value their credit ratings at least a little.... Read More

Dr Monty Drawbridge

12:29 PM, 20th March 2017, About 5 years ago

Can I leave a bad letting agent that has not protected the deposit?

Bear in mind that the contract is between you (the landlord) and the tenant. The agent cannot decide by themselves to evict the tenant unless you have given them the authority to do so (which may be a specific instruction or a more general grant of power). Even so, if you are only two months into the contract, there will almost certainly be another four (if 6 month minimum term) to ten months (if 12 month) of fixed term to run, so they couldn't act straight away.

I'm a bit confused by the points you make. You say that the agents regularly pay 6 weeks late but it would seem that you are only 2 months into the tenancy. It would not be unusual for you to receive nothing of the first monthly payment in advance as that would cover the agent's fees. Could it be that you were expecting to be paid the first rental payment in advance but actually they have kept that for themselves (their fee, probably plus VAT) and paid you the second one?

Are you absolutely certain that the deposit has not been protected? Have you called all three deposit schemes to double check?... Read More