Deborah Clare

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 41

Deborah Clare

18:07 PM, 19th January 2020
About 6 months ago

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

I will shortly have a property available for a family without pets. I used to accept dogs but every time, it has ended up causing me problems, so I won't anymore. I'm getting ready for the enquiries from prospective tenants who will argue that the law has changed and that I must accept pets. So many tenants already seem to think this is the case and are commenting on Social Media to that effect. It's the same with DSS. I have now stopped saying I won't accept benefits but use the Rent on Time service which rules out most benefit applicants anyway due to insufficient income. If we are forced to accept pets, there will always be other tenants to choose instead so I don't think we will have to take pets we don't agree with.... Read More

Deborah Clare

10:04 AM, 5th December 2019
About 7 months ago

Join Shelter's Facebook page and be polite?

I have commented on their page a few times. They never respond. Seems to be used mainly for people to slag off landlords.
However, I also contacted Shelter as a client (emailing as though I was my son on his his behalf). They were useless and advised a homeless young family to go to the council for help. This was despite being told that they had been dealing with the council and waiting for 18 months.
I get the impression that a lot of tenants are not that impressed by Shelter either but just want to use their page as somewhere to moan about every housing problem they have ever had.... Read More

Deborah Clare

13:23 PM, 9th August 2019
About 11 months ago

Should she stay or go?

I had a similar situation with a longstanding tenant who had previously paid late on numerous occasions. She had always blamed her partner, he had always blamed her. Anyway when he left, I went with my gut feeling and gave her the benefit of the doubt. She has been there for 4 years on her own with her children, has paid on time every month and even got some minor repairs done herself and wouldn't let me pay, 'because I've been good to her'.

Another time, there was a similar situation with a young single mum who decided to go self employed. After three months of erratic payments, where I could see she was really trying to keep up with payments due, paying small amounts as and when she earned some money, she decided to leave to go to live with her parents. She thanked me for helping and a few months later wanted to rent from me again.

Maybe trust your instincts on this one. Usually a woman will do whatever is necessary to keep her kids in a nice home. I know some don't, but I think if she's being communicative and trying to sort things out at this point, she will probably continue to do so.... Read More

Deborah Clare

11:47 AM, 24th June 2019
About A year ago

It's a numbers game

I'm living in a caravan in my garden so that my 21 year old son, his pregnant girlfriend, my 25 year old daughter and her partner can live in my house as they have nowhere else to go. 5 adults and soon a baby, in a very small, two bedroom, end terraced house. There are no council properties available and due to very insecure employment and low wages, private rentals are not an option.

It's madness, I own 4 houses and can't live in any of them (unless I make my children homeless)!

Shelter were useless when asked for advice. They suggested that my son contact the council to apply for a house despite already being told that they had been on the list for almost a year.

With this advice being given out I wonder if any tenants have any positive regard for the organisation or if they have a similar view of Shelter as landlords do.... Read More

Deborah Clare

10:01 AM, 15th February 2019
About A year ago

Am I wrong to insist on signing a new contract in person?

I use a rent guarantee service, so they do all the referencing, etc., process all payments via the internet and all documents are signed electronically. I prefer it because I tend to do all my landlord work in the evening as I work during the day. Tenants seem to prefer it too as it makes it easy for them, particularly if they live some distance from me or the property they will be renting. I can't think of any problems with it.... Read More