r01

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Monday 29th July 2013


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r01

3 months ago
Tenants Stealing Electricity - What do we do next?

I understand your point about intrusion and I have had prospective tenants say exactly that, to which I simply reply it's an offer, not a condition & if you are happy paying 10% more than you need to that's fine. Every single person has thought it over for about a milli-second & backtracked. In my neck of the woods that 10% is a minimum of £1,200 per annum and not to be sneezed at. After all, it is simply paying them to do what they are obliged to do in their contract.
The "intrusion" is minimal, taking just a few mins as it is simply a walk through, ticking boxes unless an obvious issue needs attention.
It works fantastically for me & the type of tenant I prefer to take. Of course all landlords must do what sits with their ethos.... Read More

r01

3 months ago
Tenants Stealing Electricity - What do we do next?

Can't add much to previous posts - it's now up to you how you proceed, but I have overcome most of the damp, damage and nuisance problems and moving forward this may be of interest to you. I set my rent at the max rent the area bears, then offer a separate agreement to give a month by month rent refund of 10% if they agree to monthly inspections and to put right all issues raised by the following month's inspection. I give them a copy of the the tickbox style checklist I use in advance of signing the agreement so they can see & accept the areas checked & I also supply a de-humidifier for each property & make it clear in the agreement that if it's not used & I see any damp or the windows are running with water, they will not receive the 10% refund. I accept it's extra work & I get a lower rent but the long term savings have worked very much in my favour as I now have dryer and less damaged properties. The quick tickbox monthly inspections reduce the risk of hot-wiring or moving other people in etc. It also lets me see any landlord issues like leaks etc., before they become an issue. It works for me with only a few nearby properties but would possibly be too burdensome if you have loads or they are widely spread, although maybe your agents could step up to the mark and actually earn their fee? Do you inspections at all? How have you missed the meter being hot wired over 4 years? I think maybe you need to get a few things in order before your next let........... Read More

r01

3 months ago
Tenants Stealing Electricity - What do we do next?

Can't add much to previous posts - it's now up to you how you proceed, but I have overcome most of the damp, damage and nuisance problems and moving forward this may be of interest to you. I set my rent at the max rent the area bears, then offer a separate agreement to give a month by month rent refund of 10% if they agree to monthly inspections and to put right all issues raised by the following month's inspection. I give them a copy of the the tickbox style checklist I use in advance of signing the agreement so they can see & accept the areas checked & I also supply a de-humidifier for each property & make it clear in the agreement that if it's not used & I see any damp or the windows are running with water, they will not receive the 10% refund. I accept it's extra work & I get a lower rent but the long term savings have worked very much in my favour as I now have dryer and less damaged properties. The quick tickbox monthly inspections reduce the risk of hot-wiring or moving other people in etc. It also lets me see any landlord issues like leaks etc., before they become an issue. It works for me with only a few nearby properties but would possibly be too burdensome if you have loads or they are widely spread, although maybe your agents could step up to the mark and actually earn their fee?... Read More

r01

7 months ago
One in Four low income tenants in arrears!

Another rant... tongue in cheek.

Frankly, I'm surprised anyone would want to rent to benefit tenants. I did it just once and after being completely stuffed up by them no longer do. It is common knowledge that despite there being a few good tenants that find themselves on benefits through no fault of their own, most of the "career benefit" tenants are totally feckless and giving them access to the rent money is like pouring petrol on a fire. Hard working individuals value what they work for but anyone receiving something for free is not going to. Given their huge tax advantages, housing associations are in a far better position to house UC tenants than private landlords.

Personally, I think it is time all benefits were stopped and I mean all in and out of work benefits except for very short-term unemployment benefit for, say, 3 months and even that should be subject to a minimum working period before entitlement. Genuinely ill people should be stringently checked and have to go through an annual health MOT to prove illness and total inability to work before receiving any benefit. Using the communist principle, the government should pay wages instead of benefits and anyone refusing to work should simply be refused payment. Yes you might have people on the streets but even with the benefits at present the numbers on the streets are increasing, so clearly benefits do not stop this.

Our infrastructure is in a desperate state, roads are full of pot-holes and perfectly fit young men and women are sitting on their lazy fat a***s. Our country is plastered with litter and we can't find people to look after our old & genuinely sick.

Single mums should not be put at the top of the housing list & given a house until they have proven they can work and support themselves. They should either live with their parents (who brought them into this world and are directly responsible for them), or be put in hostels where a small number stay at home to look after the other's kids while the remainder go out to work to pay for it all. As for the feckless prolific breeders - 99 kids & counting?? Chop it off !!

Prisoners should be put into work gangs and sent out to fill the potholes & build the millions of homes we need. Many invalids seem capable or running marathons and winning olympic medals so maybe they could do tele-sales jobs or work co-ordination for the single mums, idle unemployed and prisoners. Maybe Amazon could employ some of those capable to whizz around on their electric invalid scooters delivering parcels instead of those silly drones. Far greener than lorry deliveries.... Leaflet distribution, litter picking, there are numerous options but the liberal wets that run the country don't seem to have a clue what to do other than increase state dependency, wafting away the problem and taxing the genuine working class through the nose to pay for it all.

When Theresa May recently said she wanted to see a country working for all, not just the privileged few, she should have specified that there are two groups of privileged few - those at the top who take but don't contribute and those at the bottom who do exactly the same. I wonder how many of each group recognises this?

To add more fuel to the fire, I believe it's time that all not for profits, charities and religious organisations lost their tax free status. If people are worried about it they can simply give more. We might be able to use that money (if Brussels doesn't get it), to properly fund the NHS & care services as well as improve our country's infrastructure and employ a few more police.
Sorry to the "do-gooders" out there but I'm a total cynic and definitely not PC. I have no time for charities that collect massive sums of money, pay their execs huge salaries and spend the rest lobbying government (funded by hard working tax payers) to "do more". I'm officially retired (but working harder than ever), but used to do I.T. work for a charity headed up by wealthy individuals effectively using it as a personal piggy bank. There is a reason Bill Gates & the Clintons set up their charitable foundations - put in 1 billion and it suddenly turns into 1.5+ billion through the miracle of charitable status. What is not to like? As Viv Nicholson said - spend, spend, spend. There might even be a Gong in it.

It's no wonder that we are seeing unrest & nationalism increasing.

Vote for me and I'll set you free.... lol... Read More

r01

9 months ago
Private Landlord Service started by Cheshire West and Chester Council

Councils do what is in the interests of Councils (or their relevant departments) and I've never known one do anything for the benefit of private landlords. In fact, experience teaches me the opposite, particularly concerning evictions. I suspect Hell will freeze over before they change. To quote Groucho Marx... "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member"... Read More