Chris Hayden

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 31st July 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 8

Chris Hayden

20:27 PM, 23rd January 2014
About 7 years ago

Housing Disrepair Pre-Action Protocol - need to reply in 20 days!!

If there's no signed inventory you can say good bye to the deposit as you have
no proof of damage.You could probably negotiate a deal where if they have the deposit
back they will give up any legal action. As I said before it's not a case of who's right and wrong it's a case of learning a lesson and moving on (as cheaply as possible)

As a rule of thumb I try to action tenants demands, justified or not, as much as I can. If you can build a relationship of trust and professionality during the tenancy they tend to stay longer and treat the place with more respect. They are the reason I don't have to go to work every day... I need them more than they need me.
Theres almost nothing I won't do to make them happy!... Read More

Chris Hayden

14:33 PM, 23rd January 2014
About 7 years ago

Housing Disrepair Pre-Action Protocol - need to reply in 20 days!!

As I said if it's a "real solicitor" they will have had to have paid him to send the letter
as they won't get legal aid for such a trivial case.
If it's a letter from anyone else it's a bluff.... Read More

Chris Hayden

14:16 PM, 23rd January 2014
About 7 years ago

Housing Disrepair Pre-Action Protocol - need to reply in 20 days!!

Sounds like your listing a lot of reasons why the items were like they were.... Therefore your already admitting these things were faulty... School boy error.
You haven't stated what they mean by "compensated"?
Why do you only have 21 days too reply..... What's will happen?
If it's a real solicitor sending you a letter they are spending money already
so they must be serious about putting their hands in your pockets.

The worst outcome is that you get sucked into a legal fight. Wether your in the right
or wrong it will cost you time and probably money.

Find out what they want and go from there.... Read More

Chris Hayden

9:24 AM, 20th September 2013
About 8 years ago

Rip Off service charges on leasehold flats

Welcome to my world. We have been battling our managing agents for 5 years. We have taken them to three LVTs ...lease valuation tribunals, and each time have had the budget reduced by £thousands p/ a. We will soon be in a position to apply for a new manager as we have now have a history of over charging. It costs money, it's a long drawn out process, there will be head banging, but you must act as a group as it will take collective funds and energy.
It seems to me that some, Not all, managing agents have a business plan that amounts to theft. It's a white collar crime that goes un punished and is easy to do.
If I charge you £500 to change a light bulb in your hall you may think that I'm stealing from you but a MA will simply say " that's what it cost". The onus is then on you to prove them wrong. In my experience of you go to aLVT they may then agree with you
but reduce the charge from £500 to £300. That's still ten times what it cost to do, so they still win, but at a reduced rate.its a win win situation for them.
Law needs to change!... Read More

Chris Hayden

18:59 PM, 31st July 2013
About 8 years ago

Meet The Landlords TV programme - fair representation?

As a landlord who rents to LHA tenants I found it fascinating. My tenants seem to behave a lot better than those shown. I'm pleased that the unfair eviction process was highlighted and that the weight of law is biased towards the tenant. Hopefully this will push the need for a fairer eviction process, forward a little further.... Read More