Alison King

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Saturday 19th September 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 216

Alison King

9:54 AM, 18th March 2020
About 3 weeks ago

He's absolutely crackers!

It's a difficult situation. Many landlords would struggle or be forced to sell up if this happened. On the other hand, for those who can afford to and don't want to lose good tenants, it's a compassionate response. We don't live in a fair or equal society.... Read More

Alison King

16:27 PM, 18th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Pension pot property?

I used the tax free part of my pension as a deposit to invest in property several years ago and I don't regret it as I wanted to diversify. The only thing is that it then meant I couldn't increase my payments into my pension for two years as it might have been argued that I was "recycling". This was quite limiting as I really needed to save up for retirement. My properties are in the UK. I've looked into investing in Spain as I'd like to live there one day but the initial costs and taxes are quite high and may well be higher after Brexit, as it currently is for non-EU citizens.... Read More

Alison King

10:34 AM, 6th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Selective Licencing - 1 room is 10cm too small?

Other landlords I'm aware of are moving the wall. You don't have to move the whole thing, just create an alcove big enough to satisfy the requirement, but don't put a fitted wardrobe in there as that will be not be classed as livable space. It would be worth getting a builder quote and council permission in any case, and you may find the tenants would rather put up with the inconvenience of the works than lose their home.... Read More

Alison King

9:31 AM, 21st November 2019
About 5 months ago

Anti-landlord policies not helping prospective tenant

Unfortunately I don't have any houses in your area, but I have accepted a tenant in your circumstances. Initially I thought I couldn't because a condition of my mortgage was "no benefits claimants" but I called the mortgage company and explained that the tenant was also working and they said in that case it was OK. The tenant failed referencing automatically because of the benefits claim but I tend to look at the tenant as a whole and use the reference as input rather than as the only criteria for acceptance. Four years later the tenant is still with me and has never missed a payment.... Read More

Alison King

9:23 AM, 21st November 2019
About 5 months ago

Green Manifesto - Rent Controls and Land Value Tax

It would be impossible to implement these changes in my properties. I'd just sell them all.... Read More