Deb

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 29th July 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 50

Deb

12:39 PM, 9th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Have you paid a problem tenant to leave?

I've considered paying a tenant to leave as I want to sell the house. The problem is that he can't find anywhere else to rent so money isn't going to help him. Unfortunately he's going to stay put as long as he can before becoming homeless. The end result will be the same but it's just going to take longer.... Read More

Deb

12:45 PM, 22nd May 2021, About 2 months ago

Letter to tackle persistent and unreasonable maintenance requests?

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 20/05/2021 - 23:17
He is still in the notice period. I'm still undecided about selling so he will have to leave as it will be easier to sell without a tenant. I agree, he's highly likely to be a continuous problem.... Read More

Deb

14:12 PM, 20th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Letter to tackle persistent and unreasonable maintenance requests?

Reply to the comment left by Paul Shears at 20/05/2021 - 08:09
I have two very good tenants, one who has been with me for 8 years. They report genuine faults and do not expect miracles when arranging for repairs to be carried out. Then there are others, who as you say, expect instant attention from myself and from tradesmen. I don't know if it's an age thing, with the younger 'student' generation expecting too much. One of my best tenants is a young lady who is only 20 years old. It may just come down to their personality and upbringing.

I always treat tenants with fairness and respect and expect it back. Sadly, this isn't always the case.... Read More

Deb

14:05 PM, 20th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Letter to tackle persistent and unreasonable maintenance requests?

I have a very similar issue with one of my tenants. He was homeless and I gave him the chance to rent the house when he couldn't get anywhere else due to bad credit. He was so very grateful for a month, then the nit picking started. In the last few months there have been regular requests for repairs that usually get sent to me on a Friday or Saturday evening at around 8pm and are expected to be dealt with immediately. These have included replacing batteries in the heating thermostat and asking for a new door because the locking mechanism is stiff causing a hazard in the event of a fire (it isn't). I've been told that the property 'needs' decorating throughout, new flooring, a new bathroom and kitchen and new doors and windows (some of which are only 5 years old). I am now considering selling the property and served a S21 giving 6 months notice. The tenant got stroppy, paid last months rent late and then got a mate of his to offer £30,000 less than the asking price after telling me of all it's 'faults' including subsidence! I politely explained to the tenant and his friend that there are 'needs' and 'wants' which are two different things. A couple of weeks later, the stroppy tenant phoned to apologise after trying every agency in the area and failing to be accepted as a prospective tenant. Suddenly he says my semi derelict hovel is a lovely house and he loves living there as it doesn't need anything else doing and I can just sit back and collect the rent without paying out for any more repairs in the future! We will see.... Read More

Deb

10:14 AM, 3rd November 2020, About 9 months ago

Let’s create more first-time buyers by making private tenants homeless!

I agree with the point you made about not all young people wanting to leave the family home and live alone. I have two children in their 20s. One left and came back because she realises the benefits of living in a house where she has little responsibility for cleaning, cooking, etc. and enjoys having other people around. The other moved out reluctantly when he became a father and he and his partner would quite happily move back here if I had room to accommodate their family. Also, many of their friends still live with their parents through choice not necessity and others rent because they don't want to buy. Until covid 19 hit, they were enjoying spending their money on travel and didn't want to commit to living in one place too long due to moving around the country for different jobs. Home ownership isn't for everyone, especially when they are young.... Read More