BobG

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Monday 5th August 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 40

BobG

11:39 AM, 26th September 2020
About a month ago

Shelter help disabled tenant win second 'No DSS' case

Hi
I have no problems treating benefit tenants the same as everyone else including requiring a credit check. In the past I had a vicar who turned a large property into an HMO and have also had a company director who was a very poor tenant. I have a number of tenants on benefits and for the most part it works well. The problem for me is when a tenant is getting UC and does not pass on the housing element to me. DWP have in the past told my letting agent there is nothing they can do as the tenant is not suffering any form of mental illness. This was when the tenant owed £8 000 plus, and I had obtained a successful eviction judgement. DWP fail to understand some claimants take advantage of the system. This is what puts me off renting to tenants on benefit.... Read More

BobG

17:04 PM, 9th September 2020
About 2 months ago

Shelter help disabled tenant win second 'No DSS' case

Yes I agree , don't prejudge benefit tenants and work on the ability to pay the rent and pass a credit check. I have a number of very good benefit tenants who have been with me for many years, one for fifteen plus years. My concern is the failure of one particular council to pay me direct even after the tenant was £5 000 in arrears, saying unless the tenant suffered from mental health issues I should resolve the problem myself.
By applying on line I finally managed to get direct payment from UC but as a previous member mentioned, tenants can overturn this quite easily. I have now successfully obtained possession but delayed by Covid.
The DWP fail to recognise that some tenants will not pass benefit payments to the landlord and this will ultimately result in the loss of their home - and the council will need to rehouse them - not rocket science.... Read More

BobG

16:23 PM, 28th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Tenant eviction ban is bad news for All

Sorry to hear the bad experiences. I still have a positive approach to renting property and for me the low interest rates over the last few years have made it very attractive. My first flip in the 80s was at 19% overdraft rate, mainly due to lack of suitable alternatives.
The secret is in selecting a good tenant and getting credit checks. I am happy with any type of tenant and have a number of benefit tenants, some for fifteen yeras. I am not a fan of UC and do not like the DWP reluctance to pay the landlord direct, even when the tenant is in arrears.
I do have bad experiences such as last month a tenant left and when we went in the next day found it was a cannabis factory with two skip loads of rubbish, and a ton of soil in the basement. The guy who cleaned it out said he needed a break as he was getting high! The Letting Agent clearly hadn't been doing a proper job with inspections. We got organised and did a refurb, new kitchen, bathroom, new blinds and decoration.
We turned it around and rented it in less than a month using a new agent and at £75 more per month. Lost time one month. Bought at auction, the capital value of the property has more than doubled in six years and it has always had a positive cash flow after mortgage and other payments.
Covid has presented problems but again using lone working in properties for refurbishment and posting video viewings I have managed to rent a number of empty properties.
So I do accept property has its problems, but I am still a big fan!... Read More

BobG

21:44 PM, 31st January 2020
About 9 months ago

Discretionary Housing payments - left high and dry by Dartford?

I have a similar situation in Stoke and the council have refused to pay me direct saying the tenant is not suffering mental health issues so needs to be empowered to deal with her own finances. She owes over £5000 and I am taking her to court for possession. This seems fraudulent to me as the tenant is getting money for the rent but is spending it on other things. How does this help anyone as the tenant becomes homeless and the council have to house them, and I am not going to take these tenants any more (I do have benefit tenants in some properties for over fifteen years so do not discriminate)
If they had simply paid me direct she would still have a place to live.... Read More

BobG

11:21 AM, 28th June 2018
About 2 years ago

FAO of Esther McVey - Complaint referral to ICE

I have had the same experience with no replies and not even an acknowledgment so no longer take benefit tenants - who does this help. They refuse to accept there is a problem... Read More