Gunga Din

Registered with Property118.com
Thursday 24th September 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 142

Gunga Din

10:48 AM, 2nd December 2020
About 5 hours ago

Contract with a Housing Association - Just where is the info?

This has come up a few times. I myself wondered about an arrangement with the LA, but lost interest when it was pointed out that as owner, I would still carry many if not all the responsibilities that I would if I ran the place. In other words I don't think its as simple as signing a deal with the HA and sitting back and watching the £ roll in while they take care of the inevitable problems which their installed tenants cause.... Read More

Gunga Din

11:57 AM, 11th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Reply to the comment left by Vulnerable Tenant at 11/11/2020 - 11:20
The 'rent + deposit in advance + guarantor + referencing' set of basic requirements is surely, for most of us LLs, a starting point. Because demand is not very high in my market I for one will look at extenuating circumstances such as you listed. I might reject someone who ticks all the boxes because I just don't get a good vibe from them, and I rely heavily on the letting agent character assessment too.

I couple of months ago I took on two guys, one on benefits, one working but hardly in secure jobs, neither could come up with a guarantor, because the agent liked the cut of their cloth and they interviewed well. I'd rather have £460 coming in with a bit of unease, than £120 going out in C Tax. Of course only time will tell. So far, so good.......... Read More

Gunga Din

19:14 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Are my rental expenses from the LAST tax year allowable in THIS year's return?

And setting aside the capital vs repair aspect, expenses going back 5 (or 6?) years can be entered in a tax return.... Read More

Gunga Din

11:47 AM, 31st October 2020
About a month ago

Do I have to accept a Smart Meter?

Hello FirstNinjaGamer,

I think four of my SMETS1 units were installed after that date. What chance do I have of compelling Utility to replace them with mk. 2 meters?

Many Thanks... Read More

Gunga Din

11:28 AM, 29th October 2020
About a month ago

Do I have to accept a Smart Meter?

I'm instinctively suspicious of them but have rolled over in a few instances so as to get Utilita's no standing charge tariff during void periods (which for me are significant because I'm fortunate enough to be able to be fussy about tenant selection). I also accept the benefits of smart meters for keeping tabs on the landlord supplies (I don't live in the vicinity of the properties).

Another plus - not having to commit to sitting around for a morning or a'noon to let the meter fitter in. Happy to let the tenant do that.... Read More