Gunga Din

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 73

Gunga Din

16:30 PM, 14th January 2019
About 3 days ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

For me the solution would be for the council to lease the property, pay me an amount monthly, regardless, and take on all the landlordly responsibilities, risks and expenses. I haven't looked into it, but I expect it would be difficult to detach myself from being the landlord from a legal standpoint.... Read More

Gunga Din

11:10 AM, 12th January 2019
About 6 days ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

"amount owed by Universal Credit tenants in rent arrears almost doubling in the last year from £1,600.88 to £2,390.19"

Doubling? That's a bit of a stretch isn't it?... Read More

Gunga Din

13:06 PM, 10th January 2019
About A week ago

Fire Inspection - Upgrades required again?

Your alarms may be mains powered but a question to be asked is are they interlinked.

I had a similar decision to yours, and considered the prospect of a fire in the shop outside open hours. I have an interlinked system, where an individual head can cancel the alarm if someone burns the toast etc. There are two heads in the common staircase, recommended by the architect of the conversion (1890s three storey terrace) and signed of by Building Control. For some reason BC didn't require a head in the shop - can't recall why, possibly because the shop wasn't part og the conversion?

If a fire started in the shop, I'd be blamed if the residents above didn't get out.... Read More

Gunga Din

10:05 AM, 6th November 2018
About 2 months ago

Gas safety check flexibility?

Rob, I did indeed ambiguously write "post date the new certificate" but meant - enter a due date for the next check 12 months from the existing expiry date. There's no question of entering a "check done date" other than actual, but with MoTs there's an established process and both "done date" and new expiry date are on the form. Pen-amending a CP-12 form seems a bit unofficial although if questioned I suppose one will be able to plead compliance with the new HSE rule.
I was stunned to get a reply from HSE a couple of days after emailing them, but it was a cut-and-paste canned reply which admonished me that all the answers can be found in blah blah blah, and addressed none of the questions I asked them.
I have three different CP-12 formats in my collection and none have the facility to enter an expiry date independent of the "done" date.
Robert, which organisation produces the forms you receive?

Here's the HSE page:-

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Gunga Din

14:26 PM, 26th October 2018
About 3 months ago

One of my tenants is not keeping the house tidy?

I also agree leave them in if the rent coming in on time. My longest standing tenant was in situ when I bought his flat. It was untidy then and is probably worse now. You can't dictate how people keep their homes or the conditions they choose to exist in.

He is no trouble, and the rent is perfectly regular. Your people are simply lining themselves up for a deposit argument when they finally do leave, and you will have to expect they will try to make the deposit the last month's rent. This is a situation where it is useful to have got the inventory done by an independent party.

The other issue is the partner. If he's there often enough to contribute to the untidiness, he should definitely be on the tenancy agreement. Suppose she moves out with the children leaving him in residence?


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