Gunga Din

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Thursday 24th September 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 61

Gunga Din

A week ago
Section 24 Property types affected?

Well resurrected, Sir!
I was disappointed there was no conclusive answer last time. With three such properties I watch with interest. I had already submitted the tax stuff to the accountant last time.... Read More

Gunga Din

A week ago
A tenant's request to let spare room?

If you allow sublet you have no control over the quality of the new resident. The current tenant becomes his\her landlord and will have to comply with Right to Rent, referencing etc. etc., all the hurdles we have to routinely deal with. Can you guarantee the current tenant will do it properly? I would think it would get complicated if there were a dramatic falling out and the main tenant leaves. You would be left with a resident you have no formal agreement with. Unlikely, but how often do we read of nightmare scenarios like that?

I would say no, and set up a new tenancy with two names on the AST, with a reduced rent for the extant tenant.

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Gunga Din

3 months ago
First time having a guarantor?

Indeed, a guarantor should ideally be vetted for financial sure-footedness just as you did the tenant. A basic criterion usually required is that they should be a home-owner (outright or mortgaged) to demonstrate a degree of financial security.

However, in the area I operate in this qualification is rarely attained. To some extent, simply having guarantor signed up acts as a deterrent to bad behaviour by the tenant. The guarantor should sign a simple form agreeing and signifying understanding of the obligation, and this should be offered in advance so the guarantor has time to think about it/take advice. Some say the guarantor must have sight of the tenancy agreement in order to sign up, otherwise its not valid, but I'm not sure about this bit.

In two cases I have chased a guarantor for unpaid rent successfully, on the mere threat of legal action.

Having said that, full vetting of the guarantor is belt-and-braces.... Read More

Gunga Din

3 months ago
Pay off or file injunction on neighbour harassing tenants?

Long shot, but as we know a leak can travel horizontally before revealing itself below, so is it possible a flat not directly above is the origin?
Definitely try to get the water supplier to fit a stopcock only they can turn off (unless the complainer has the special tool?).... Read More

Gunga Din

3 months ago
Landlords Union Slams BBC Panorama Report

Here's the BBC reply to my second complaint.

Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate that you were dissatisfied with our previous response and felt strongly enough to write to us again.

We have read and noted your points but don’t consider they suggest evidence of a possible breach of standards. Opinions do vary widely about the BBC and its output, but this does not necessarily imply there has been a breach of standards or of the BBC’s public service obligations. For this reason we regret we don’t have more to add to our previous correspondence, and so will not respond further or address more questions or points.

If you are dissatisfied with this decision you may ask the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) to review it. Details of the BBC complaints process are available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/handle-complaint/ where you can read the BBC’s full complaints framework.

If you wish to ask the ECU to review this decision, you should contact it directly within 20 working days of receiving this reply. Please explain to the ECU why you believe there may have been a potential breach of standards or other significant issue to investigate. You can email ecu@bbc.co.uk, or write to: Executive Complaints Unit, BBC, Broadcast Centre, London W12 7TQ. Please include the case reference number we have provided in this reply.... Read More