Alison King

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 19th September 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 214

Alison King

10:34 AM, 6th December 2019
About a month 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 2 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 2 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

Alison King

9:19 AM, 21st November 2019
About 2 months ago

Providing emergency accommodation instead?

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 20/11/2019 - 09:14
I've been to one of Sarah's talks and it wasn't about rent to rent. It was about how to set the property up and work with the council, and understanding legislative requirements. However I've also spoken to an agency that specialised in providing temporary accommodation for the council using privately owned property. They presented themselves as a housing association, not rent to rent but maybe the boundaries are a bit blurred in some cases... Read More

Alison King

9:10 AM, 21st November 2019
About 2 months ago

Lib Dem Manifesto - 3 year tenancies and mandatory licensing

Well, automatic rent increases every year would work for me as I don't usually raise the rent during a tenancy; as long as I can reset the rent to catch up to market rates for those properties that are behind. Unfortunately this would particularly affect one long-term tenant who struggles to pay even at his below market rate rent.... Read More