Kate Mellor

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 27th November 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 407

Kate Mellor

17:27 PM, 14th April 2021
About 2 days ago

Big mistake but I just want my house back?

That's brilliant news! Thanks for updating us. I'm glad to hear you found good representation in the end.... Read More

Kate Mellor

9:03 AM, 26th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Do I have a right to know who lives in my house?

Arthur, just use the following questionnaire to determine whether you need to register and pay your fee to the ICO
It takes just a couple of minutes and is pretty simple.... Read More

Kate Mellor

14:52 PM, 22nd March 2021
About 4 weeks ago

Where do I start with unravelling this council approved mess?

From what I can interpret these sons are unemployed if they are the council’s responsibility to put up in a hostel (presumably whilst they await permanent accommodation). This would suggest it wouldn’t be an issue for the tenant’s benefits, as, if all are on benefits at the same address the council already knows, (correct me if I’m making the wrong assumptions about the situation).

In the above scenario it would appear that your main concern is one of potential antisocial behaviour or damage to the property.

I would ask your tenant to put you in touch with their housing officer and for them to give permission to discuss the situation with you and to keep you informed, so you can find out exactly what is going on. Is this indeed temporary? Are the sons being rehoused by the council? Are they employed? What are the types of issues they have?

This allows you to be in full possession of the facts. It may be that the sons are autistic and become anxious around strangers and so a hostel would be distressing for them, but wouldn’t pose any issue for you as a landlord while they are living with their parents.

If they have genuine long term medical or mental health issues for which they are receiving treatment they will receive priority for rehousing, you do need to make it clear however that there is a definite time limit on their stay so that the council doesn’t become complacent and consider them to no longer be homeless.

Discuss this calmly with your tenants and explain that you may need to issue notice to them in order to ensure the council has a deadline to work to in regards to rehousing their sons.

Try not to be livid, they are parents doing what they can to help their sons out in a pinch. They have a spare bedroom and their sons are homeless. They probably didn’t even think they were doing anything wrong. Life is messy and being a landlord means dealing with other people’s messy lives sometimes. I’m sure you can get this resolved with a minimum of drama.... Read More

Kate Mellor

12:56 PM, 19th March 2021
About 4 weeks ago

When can I re-let room after tenant has done a runner?

Abandonment is a bit of a misnomer. You need to be talking about a surrender of a tenancy as that is the only legal way to end a tenancy outside the tenant giving formal notice, or a bailiff eviction. A surrender can sometimes be less than 100% certain, as in this case.

A landlord has to be able to show with evidence that the tenants actions amounted to an intentional surrender of the tenancy.... Read More

Kate Mellor

11:11 AM, 10th March 2021
About a month ago

Big mistake but I just want my house back?

Reply to the comment left by RL at 09/03/2021 - 19:50
Wow, good for you! Glad to hear you succeeded in this David v Goliath battle 😊... Read More