January heralds house insurance renewal month. Every year I promise to get excited about it, compare quotes and wallow for the next year in the knowledge that I’ve secured the most competitive deal.
The reality is, when the broker calls I groan with resignation and tell him just to get on with it. As he flicked through his computer information on my claim history, he came out with “Oooo, aren’t you a good client? You haven’t made any claims in the last 4 years so it’ll be easy to get you a good quote”. Continue reading To Insure or not to Insure? That is the Question
Tips for keeping the house looking its best
Here are some quick and simple tips to help keep the house and furniture looking its best, follow these to help save money from your damage and cleaning deposit.
It is worth spending a bit now to save a lot later! Continue reading Cleaning Tips for Students
Planners are cracking down on landlords who have added extensions to 24 homes in just three streets without permission.
Manchester City Council says 14 of the illegal extensions were built on properties owned by two landlords. Continue reading Eyesore Extensions Must Go, Planners Tell Landlords
A landlord who defied planning laws to convert three houses in to houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) has been stripped of £112,500 in rents by a judge.
Piara Singh Sehajpal ignored planning rules and turned three houses in 16 letting rooms and rented them out at £800 a month each. Continue reading Judge Strips HMO Landlord of £112,500 Illegal Rents
A rogue landlord was fined £8,000 for failing to maintain standards at a shared house that was taken over by a council.
Ken Herring, 66, admitted four offences of not complying with house in multiple occupation rules before Oxford Magistrates. Continue reading HMO Landlords Fined for Flouting Fire Safety Rules
Continuing on the maintenance theme (somehow I think this could be ongoing!), I’m in the midst of a continuing dilemma:
Tom has been a tenant for 4 years after being referred to me by the Salvation Army. He’s an asset to the house when sober but a pain in neck when drunk as he can never get his key in the front door when he staggers home and is often found on the stairs having forgotten which room he lives in! He’s unemployed, survives on Value noodles, spends his days ironing his clothes and keeping the common areas spick and span – talents picked up from his Army days. Continue reading HMO Landlady Sacks Tenant
As winter kicks in, Let Insurance Services are impressing on landlords to have their fire safety measures in place. They say shared housing is “seven times more likely to have a fire in the home.”
The company also believe more regulation needs to be implemented to ensure all rented properties are safe; up until now the only fire measures legally required are fire resistant furniture. Continue reading Are your tenants fire safe?
I know there’s been a lot of mud thrown at lettings agents over the years mainly due to their high charges, limited ability and the fact that most landlords think “anyone can do it”. However, I always gave them the benefit of the doubt as, alongside being a Dartford Tunnel toll booth attenda Continue reading **%£~%! Lettings Agents!
A London council has won a criminal compensation order against a letting company who failed to licence a house in multiple occupation.
In what is believed to be a landmark case, Newham Council claimed rent paid to the company, Sumal & Sons Properties, of Stamford Hill, was a criminal benefit as the property did not have an HMO licence.
A judge at Inner London Crown Court agreed with the argument and awarded £12,000 fines, costs and compensation for rent paid while the property was let without a licence. Continue reading Letting Unlicensed HMO is a Crime, According to Judge
I was going to write a piece about what to do when an HMO tenant goes AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and disappears off the face the earth. As an “exciting” read as that sounds, I’d rather pick up on the Article 4 directive that has been publicised today.
Over the last six months quite a few colleagues have pointed me towards Article 4 and I’ve now been forced to put down my copy of “100 interesting facts about being a landlord” and read this piece of legislation properly. I’m now firmly sitting on the fence opinion-wise. Continue reading Pondering Article Four – Stick It On The Students!