Yvonne Francis

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 3rd August 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 152

Yvonne Francis

17:30 PM, 8th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Boyfriends/girlfriends: Is it now an HMO?

I would just like to back up the comment by Julie Ford who has in my opinion put the answer in a nutshell. I have two large student HMO’s which I have let for forty years, and have never dared to restrict visitors, and have never had any problems in that direction. If the boyfriend is not using this flat as his main residence, and could prove he has another property as his main residence, if push came to shove, then I do not see what there is to worry about. As a family we have one student house with a very good agent and nowhere in their lease do they restrict visitors. And if you did try to restrict visitors how on earth could one police that? The only problem I see is if another tenant complains or if the landlord thought the extra use of facilities were damaging, and both problems would be best solved by negotiation.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

15:34 PM, 4th September 2019
About 5 months ago

Oxford using plane with thermal imaging to catch beds in sheds

Reply to the comment left by James Barnes at 04/09/2019 - 14:21
Have you ever asked the question James: where do the people go who are turned out of these sheds? From all I know they go to other sheds or on the streets. If the council could give them alternative and better accommodation then I would find all this applaudable. If they should as suggested on this site, go to cheaper areas, then that is their choice, or are any of you suggesting forced resettlement. Some others on this site say these people do not have a choice. As much as part of me sympathises with this opinion, we all have a choice governed by what we can afford or are willing to pay.

If it is a matter of affecting other people by having people living in these conditions, for either the general nuisance or health issues, then those affected should speak up, and this then becomes a matter for the planning departments, which I do see as a genuine concern.

Yes, like many of you on this site I find this all very much not to my taste or my practises, but society in general should offer better alternatives before they condemn.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

10:51 AM, 4th September 2019
About 5 months ago

Oxford using plane with thermal imaging to catch beds in sheds

Oxford is one of the most draconian councils in the UK. Nothing they do would surprise me. Dare I suggest they seek treatment for their paranoia!... Read More

Yvonne Francis

17:03 PM, 12th August 2019
About 5 months ago

Room by room - Please help me

Can not quite understand the post by Whiteskifreak Surrey. My houses are HMO's, and let to eight under a joint tenancy. All student houses in my area are the same. Also, in my area, a HMO is three or more unrelated individuals and not four.

If Ela you have never had a HMO before, then you certainly need some professional advice, especially from your Council. There are so many standards you need to meet especially for fire regs. There are also many uncertainties with students houses in the PRS on the horizon, with new legislation being considered in Parliament, i.e abolishing section 21 and altering leases, possibly to something similar to Scotland.

As for your point about students who can not give a valid guarantee from parents within this country, as a self managing landlord, I simply cannot take them, even though I have forty years of experience. They are best left for agents to manage.
I find in my area lots of students who would lack any valid parental guarantee, applying at this late stage, so this is another reason it would be best to use an agent.

If you still wish to advertise your self, then the best sites are in my experience:-
https://www.accommodationforstudents.com/advertise
https://sturents.com/advertise-student-accommodation... Read More

Yvonne Francis

11:35 AM, 5th July 2019
About 7 months ago

Student tenancy agreement update needed?

Reply to the comment left by Tessa Shepperson at 05/07/2019 - 10:52
Yes I think this is good advice. Point taken, thank you. Luckily I'm not an agent!... Read More