"A round up of rogue landlords in court and their fines"
Two landlords who put tenant lives at risk by flouting fire safety rules were ordered to pay fines and costs of almost £28,000.
The pair – Fiaz Mahmmud, 48, and Audrey Feegrado, 39, of Daffodil Close, Hatfield, Hertfordshire – denied seven charges relating to the management of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) at Watford Magistrates Court.
The court was told that their failings as managers could have led to lethal consequences for their student and young professional tenants. Continue reading HMO Landlords Pick up £28,000 Bill for Flouting Fire Safety
When a tenant has a beef with their landlord, I’m the guy they go to. My job is to either negotiate or prosecute, depending on the circumstances. This occasional and random series aims to let landlords know the common complaints that are made about them, the laws that cover them and how to deal with it.
My flatmates and I have big rows about bills and I am freezing and the landlord is ripping us off.
I can’t tell you how many times I get this complaint.
You let out an HMO to 5 or 6 tenants and they bring many issues with them- as so many HMO tenants do. There are 2 house styles for dealing with it:- Continue reading Hands on HMOs – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #2
"Leaders believe the industry is rife with fraud"
Theft and fraud by letting agents has always been a problem in the industry, claims the managing director of the UK’s largest independent letting business.
In a damning indictment of the industry, Paul Weller of south east based Leaders hits out against dishonest and incompetent letting agents – but alleges the problems have dogged landlords and tenants for 28 years. Continue reading Crooks Have Plagued us for Years, Says Leading Letting Agent
"Letting agents pleads guilty to using clients funds"
A letting agent confessed to a judge that he dipped in to rents and deposits paid by tenants to keep his struggling business afloat.
Zulfiqar Hussain, who traded as Charles Lawson Lettings in Oxford, pleaded guilty to eight charges of unfair commercial practice and transferring criminal property at the city’s crown court.
The charges arose from an investigation by trading standards officers after complaints from landlords. Continue reading Struggling Letting Agent Dipped in to Client Funds
"Buy to let clubs are nindering not helping"
Buy to let property clubs that rip off landlords are blamed for rising rental home repossessions.
The clubs ran relentless marketing campaigns during the peak of the housing bubble aimed at persuading property investors to part with their cash on homes advertising rent returns and valuations that were close to fraudulent.
Since the credit crunch, many landlords who bought in to these clubs are finding rental yields were inflated and that the income is short of covering the mortgage and running costs. Continue reading Buy to Let Clubs Blamed for Ripping Off Landlords
"Landlords warned to ensure they've diverted mail"
Landlords who let homes they have previously lived in are urged to tidy up their finances and redirect mail before they leave to prevent identity theft.
The warning came from a judge after a tenant faced a court charged with fraud and theft after a landlord stumbled across a demand from a credit card company for more than £10,000 for borrowing he had not requested.
The card was sent to the address, followed by a PIN card, as the credit card lender believed the landlord still lived there. Continue reading Landlords Warned Over ID Theft as Tenant steals £10,000
A HMO landlord has had his licence revoked
A shared house landlord has lost control of his property after a council banned him from holding a house in multiple occupation licence.
Ken Herring is not considered a ‘fit and proper’ person to run a house in multiple occupation (HMO) after an Oxford City Council inspection found the property housing six tenants in Marston Road, Oxford, was in a poor condition.
The council has already prosecuted Herring for poorly managing two other HMOs in the city. Continue reading Council takes over run down HMO property
Landlord faces repossession after tenants fail to pay
Tenants at a London apartment have sent their landlord spiralling into difficulty after repeatedly failing to pay their rent.
Naomi Koningen is something of an accidental landlord after failing to sell her house in 18 months, forcing her to let out her 2 bedroom, ground floor Streatham flat. In such a desperate time, she said she was ‘naïve’ in taking on tenants who failed their credit check. Continue reading Bad tenants leave landlord owing £9000