Mark Arme

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Mark Arme

18:06 PM, 24th March 2020
About A year ago

Coronavirus Bill - Tenancy notices extended to 3 months

Have I got this right. Tenant stops paying rent on 1 April. Doesn't pay on 1 May either. Normally at that point I could S21 him with two months notice and simultaneously S8 him with notice of court proceedings after 15 May (not including allowance of service in this example, trying to keep it simple).

So now I have to wait for tenant not to pay on 1 April, 1 May and 1 June, before I can now issue a S21 requiring him to leave after 1 Sept. At the same time I can S8 notifying I will start action after 1 Sept.

So in essence, given time for the courts to do there bit, tenant could be there rent free from 1 April until the end of the year..???

I also have a tenant that I am already taking action against, S8 dated to be effective on 31 March. What happens there?... Read More

Mark Arme

16:39 PM, 10th March 2016
About 5 years ago

Tenants and Housing Benefit and the lender

Wow. This seems to be a real issue, particularly on the insurance side.

Thanks to everyone for their input. Our client has gone for further discussion with the lender - and no doubt insurer too.... Read More

Mark Arme

11:49 AM, 10th March 2016
About 5 years ago

Are my Letting agent fees too high?

Reply to the comment left by "Rob Crawford" at "10/03/2016 - 11:34":

Fully concur with this comment. Agent close to me charges £42 per instance to buy an item for the property. Yet already collect a management fee. Outrageous.... Read More

Mark Arme

10:49 AM, 10th March 2016
About 5 years ago

Are my Letting agent fees too high?

Hello Eudora

Not in Berkshire as south coast based so can't help with question 1. As for question 2, you need to read your agreement with the agent.

Our agreement allows termination with 30 days notice. But we have found when other landlords seek to switch to us, they find a nasty clause saying something like "you agree that we may collect management commission for the entire period the tenant occupies the property, including where management is withdrawn".

As I said, nasty. We'd argue unfair, but landlords seem reluctant to take it on legally.

Where we have swayed landlords over, we have advised them to come to an agreement with the existing agent, usually offering them six months commission to walk away today. We then give the landlord six months free management to compensate.

The detail is always in the small print.

Good luck.
Mark... Read More