Cherry Picked Properties Lettings and Management

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12:53 PM, 27th January 2016
About 3 years ago

Should I have issued new deposit protection documents for second fixed term?

Good afternoon,

You will need to talk to your deposit provider as different providers advise different things.

The DPS used to advise that you issue new terms etc however more recently they were changing their advice to say that you didn't need to re-register.

This is why I would suggest you give your deposit provider a call as they'll put you right.

If you're fair with the tenant and they are reasonable they won't contest it. Therefore the detail as to whether you re-registered it will not arise.

Dan Sawyer

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10:45 AM, 7th December 2015
About 4 years ago

Neighbouring Property Drainage Issue - should I just sort it?

Good morning,

I always think the same as yourself:

"Surely they wouldn’t be able make any kind of complaint if we drilled a couple of small holes into their wall to put up some drainage would they?

A landlord of mine recently bought a terraced house and next doors guttering wasn't fitted properly which meant damp was coming through into OUR bedroom.
We simply replaced it at our cost as it was damaging our property and guttering is a relatively inexpensive thing to replace anyway. I think it was tenanted but no one answered so we fixed it anyway.

You could actually bill them for the works if it's their property causing the damage so they should be grateful that you are doing it at no cost to themselves. What I would say though is plan the pipes so there is minimal disruption to their property. Don't do the easiest / cheapest fix if it's going to be ugly on their house!

Find another roofer / builder who is more used to working with issues like this because many understand and will undertake the work anyway,

Dan Sawyer

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17:47 PM, 4th December 2015
About 4 years ago

AST in previous landlords name - can we issue Section 8/21?

Reply to the comment left by "Connie Fletcher" at "04/12/2015 - 16:38":

Hi Connie,
I would not list the noise issues etc as a reason for outing them as they sound like the higher risk type of tenant that might put up a fight. That means either damaging the property or simply not moving out if they take it personally.
I would tell them that you'd like to take possession back as you may sell it or move back in etc.
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13:03 PM, 4th December 2015
About 4 years ago

AST in previous landlords name - can we issue Section 8/21?

Hi Connie,

It's not ideal but don't stress to much about the above comments and talk to a qualified solicitor. 9 out of 10 solicitors would not transfer the AST into your name as legally it is still enforceable and it transfers to the new owner.
I've never heard of it being an offence of collecting rent without an AST and in fact there's plenty of people that let properties out that don't even have ASTs or have lost them over the years. Even in this case it becomes assumed that there is an agreement, again to protect the tenant... so you can't simply evict them if they've lost their agreement..
Seek advice from someone qualified. We always check details like this with our solicitor. Worst case scenario, you simply serve the correct notice now for the change of landlord and wait until it take affect before issuing any other notices.
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13:26 PM, 30th November 2015
About 4 years ago

How to tell a great tenant the rent has to go up a third?

I would do as follows:

Find out what the market rent is. Inform the tenants what the market rent is and tell them that because you have a great relationship that you'll offer them a 10-15% reduction. You'd probably spend this amount on fees, void periods and then there's the hassle factor anyway so you'd be no worse off.

You are running a business at the end of the day and whilst they may be making improvements, I would think is it anywhere near £7,200 worth each year? I would also say that if these tenants can afford to make improvements then you would also think that they do have some disposable income for an increase...

Given that they have children I think it would be nice and fair to give them plenty of notice or do increases over a longer period as you've suggested. If you do plan to increase it in several increments I would make it clear from the offset that the first increase is one of several - again in the spirit of being fair to them to give them time to move if the 'final figure' is not affordable.

If you're literally only doing this because of the tax changes, as SE landlord mentions, it is unlikely that the changes will make such a big difference. Certainly not £600 worth!?

Unless this is being used as a smoke screen to put up the rent which I'm sure many landlords will be doing anyway..

Or you could do what many of my landlords have done that manage their own properties... Give it to your an agent to manage and have them do it all for you!
The increased rent pays for their fees and then you're not getting involved with the awkward discussions and negotiations that us Brits find so hard to do!

Dan Sawyer

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