DALE ROBERTS

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Tuesday 8th December 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 174

DALE ROBERTS

15:04 PM, 30th January 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Average house sale in 2019 took 256 days

Absolutely.
The buyer's solicitor in the sale of my unit presented my solicitor with an unprecedented 52 queries - the vast majority of them repetitive, menial and trivial. Nevertheless we, the sales agent, the managing agent and my solicitor had to provide answers to the same tedious queries.
And the above statistics don't present as reality. My empty London unit took 16 month from first sale advert to completion. Sales agents "refresh" the sale date regularly to present properties as newly listed.... Read More

DALE ROBERTS

16:07 PM, 21st January 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Pulled out again due to onerous Ground Rent increases

I have commented on this before. We bought two new builds off plan in the same development in 2008. The Solicitor appointed by the developer did not bring the ground rent issue to our attention at any time during the conveyance process and the account for his services were not included in the sales price, just ostensibly cheaper the developer advised. They weren't. As we were non UK BTL investors we had no experience of this extraordinary concept, and so we failed to question or recognise a potential future problem. Fast forward to 2018, and after a very nasty experience with a serial rogue tenant, we decided to exit the UK property market after we evicted the tenant. It took 20 months to achieve a successful sale on the empty unit, three abortive offers that cost us unnecessary conveyancing fees, costly management packs and all the attendant fees due on a property including the mortgage. The two issues that drove keen buyers away were the cladding and ground rent. Both have been subject to demagogic government scrutiny but as of yet there has been no definitive nor urgent decision on either to make property sales more inviting. I have been informed that a nil value is now apportioned to my second unit in lieu of the above ie a GBP500 000 flat is now worthless. I will repeat what I have stated before. The UK blathers on about the importance of home ownership but does everything in it's power to make such ownership impossible.
It's a tragedy that is ludicrous.... Read More

DALE ROBERTS

18:18 PM, 2nd January 2020
About 2 months ago

How do I get the CCJ registered with the Registry Trust?

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 02/01/2020 - 13:11
Dear Monty,
Here is a copy and paste excerpt from the confirmation letter :
"Possession Order Case No. E0PP2708"
"Having checked our records, I can confirm that we received notification from the court on the 8th June 2018 and the above judgment is now showing as unsatisfied on the public Register.
At the same time, we advised the credit reference agencies who receive details of county court judgments so that they can update their files."
I did not receive an instalment payment order.
I am hoping that if I bide my time for a few years and then appoint debt collectors to chase the tenant I may recoup some of my losses. But she is and was an astute and adroit manipulator of the system, who I also outed as a benefits cheat, so my assumption is that she will always find a way to continue pilfering. The UK doesn't seem to have the requisite checks and balances in place to deter the determined rogue tenant.... Read More

DALE ROBERTS

12:23 PM, 2nd January 2020
About 2 months ago

How do I get the CCJ registered with the Registry Trust?

Thank you for your reply John. However I did utilise a legal company to evict the tenant (I live in South Africa and am a non-UK BTL investor forced to use a second party for all property matters). It was my legal representative I lobbied first insisting that, as an eviction had been forced by the non-paying tenant, an enforcement had thus occurred. He agreed and together we approached the Bromley Court to have the CCJ registered without further legal costs to myself. Perhaps you appointed a Solicitor who prefers the easy approach? And do not presume this is a judgement. You have all my sympathy for a situation that mirrors my own. And I doubt the serial rogue tenant I had the misfortune to experience will ever repay me the GBP20 000+ she owes me. She has made living rent free a very profitable career and this is indulged by the very biased landlord legislation we are all subject to. I have, as a result, sold one of my two properties and will sell the next once the present tenancy expires. I have no interest in a country that aids and abets legal thieving which places me, as an investor, in a very precarious position. The UK appears to consider non paying tenants as errant pets when they should be considered criminals.
Try ignoring a small parking fine in the UK and compare the resultant punitive actions.
Approach your Court again and again until you succeed. That is your right if you had to appoint eviction Bailiffs. You have fulfilled the enforcement criteria and your Court must obey the law.
And in the interim upload the tenant to Landlord Referencing and Tenant Referencing.
As an aside, in the event you ever find yourself in a similar predicament I used Lee Daniels of Helpland and would recommend him unreservedly.... Read More

DALE ROBERTS

17:40 PM, 1st January 2020
About 2 months ago