Yvonne Francis

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 3rd August 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 183

Yvonne Francis

11:12 AM, 30th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Student rental demand returning?

I'm really surprised by the post above. I've been a student landlord for forty years and last November I have never had it so good. I'm in Oxford. Fantastic groups applied from some of the best collages, even asking to sign up with me without viewing on the strength of photos and floor plans. I was so over whelmed I asked one applicant who rang me what on earth was going on and suggested perhaps being confined to their room with a beef burger sent up for lunch was not exactly what they had signed up for. They answered 'something like that'. So the general impression I got was that they wanted to secure houses, and not continue with University accommodation which lots of them I accommodate have been offered in their second year. It would be nice but I'm not expecting this level of interest to continue in future years.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

17:12 PM, 6th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Convert to HMO or not?

In regards to my post above, sorry I meant Jointly and Severally liable lease.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

16:01 PM, 6th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Convert to HMO or not?

If you took this question further you would certainly have to look towards your Council, online or direct advice. There are others who have posted about the large number of requirements, especially fire precautions, licensing, and possibly planning.  You certainly would not be able to rent the box room as there is a national standard of 6.51 square meters a tenant is allowed to sleep in, as well as size standards for communal rooms and number of bathrooms. Your box room is 4.42 square meters. It would have to be locked and specified as such in the lease. Leaving it for storage is problematic in case your tenants allow another person to occupy this room, so exceeding the number you are allowed. There is also a height requirements for space to count so that would may be doubtful and complicate the fire precautions. 
Mike says you are responsible for Council Tax and utility bills. However this is not necessarily the case if you let as a shared tenancy, under a Separately and Jointly liable lease, and they come to you as a group. This is by far the easiest way and in my personal opinion, the happiest way to let a HMO and makes insurance easier. 
I let to students as I'm in a University town. They make very good tenants. I'm not as doubtful as Jessie over students requiring accommodation and opting for online study, presumably she means at home? Don't forget there has been online learning by the Open University for years but still students stream into our universities. They want the experience of living away from home as well as the contact with staff and other students. In fact when I marketed my student houses last November I have never had such a demand for them, with lots of student groups attempting to ensure a good property for the next academic year, and desperate to avoid University provided accommodation in their second year. As one student agreed with me, being locked into one's room with a beefburger bought up for lunch was not what they signed up for! Last summer at the end of the tenancy, although the house had been in lockdown for over half of the tenancy, my students said how much they enjoyed the house when they left. After Christmas some of my tenants were coming back earlier in case of restrictions on travel. Hope I'm not being too optimistic!... Read More

Yvonne Francis

16:58 PM, 3rd January 2021
About 3 months ago

Definition of 'single household'?

Yes David was right, sorry Mark, but I've probably got HMO's on the brain, and there is a confusion on two households?... Read More

Yvonne Francis

14:13 PM, 3rd January 2021
About 3 months ago

Definition of 'single household'?

Reply to the comment left by Mark Shine at 02/01/2021 - 20:41
I would like to question your statement that two unrelated tenants form a HMO. I have a link from my own Council.
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20237/properties_that_need_an_hmo_licence/929/hmo_criteria_definitions_exemptions_and_special_cases

Alan Bromley in his post of 31st December dealt with the problem in line with this link. It's confusing because they say an individual can be a household, and then they say two households form a HMO. However they go on to clarify under 'exemptions' and as the link says, even three can be allowed without becoming a HMO, if its a couple sharing with a family member, but not with a friend.

Your point about Estoppel is interesting, but the case you mentioned if I read you correctly, did not go to Court, and its case studies Courts rely on.

I appreciate Wendy's replies to me. I presume all the flats in her block are under the same leasehold?, and perhaps the terms are there for her own, and the other residents. I wonder what other residents think? I once owned a shop premises which had a covenant with huge amounts of restrictions. A solicitor told me I had to contact every one who could benefit by this covenant, and get their consent to any alterations, and if I missed just one I would be in trouble. I know members who use this site have argued with me but this was what was said at the time (1976)

If I lived in a block of flats as a single household with my family, I must say I would not like 'unrelated' tenants to occupy a flat close to me based on a general principal of damaging probabilities. The problem these days is that people are more mobile, and property owners for one reason or another are wanting to become landlords, and renting in a way to get higher rents, such as these tenancies return.... Read More