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Illegal Eviction – A True Story Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

As this is a true story about an illegal eviction I would like to remain anonymous please.

I witnessed it, it wasn’t my property and it was not a scene you would associate with an illegal eviction. No thugs with baseball bats, just respectable people in a respectable suburb close and the Police keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. It was well organised. I was invited to attend three days before by two separate people, the landlords arranging the illegal eviction and my tenants who lived three doors along. So what was it all about? Continue reading Illegal Eviction – A True Story


My letting agent has done a runner Cautionary Tales, Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

My letting agent has done a runner

My letting agent has done a runner

My letting agent has done a runner and left various aspects of my property management in a mess.

In some cases, the tenants named no longer exist. The Gas & Electricity Supplier is owed a lot of money from these non-existent former tenants, and current ones which the agent has not advised them of. The supplier has intimated that as landlord, I am ultimately responsible for unpaid bills. Continue reading My letting agent has done a runner


Can the Housing Benefit Office Do This? Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Property News, Question of the Week

Readers QuestionsI have a property which I rent to my son who is on Housing Benefit.

He has several medical problems mainly brought on by the use of drugs in the past.

I had two other properties which I had let out before to claimants that were on Housing Benefit. One of which was sold and the other is now in the process of being sold. Continue reading Can the Housing Benefit Office Do This?


End of Tenancy Council Tax Question Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Property News

Has anyone come across this end of tenancy Council Tax situation as I have for a property tenancy which recently ended?

The tenants left on the end day of a 6 month assured shorthold tenancy. They were responsible for Council Tax and received the demands and paid the Council direct and contacted the Council to end their liability as they obviously should. As Agent for the Landlord I then received a Council Tax demand in the Landlords name. Continue reading End of Tenancy Council Tax Question


Renewal fees from letting agents – READERS QUESTION Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

Readers QuestionsI have a question regarding renewal fees from letting agents and would very much welcome any feedback or advice that readers of Property118 can offer.

I have used the same letting agent for the past 7 years. I do not have a portfolio so felt it would be best to use an agency. The agreement I entered into back in 2004, provided for all renewals to be  charged at 8%. For the first 3/4 years 2 new tenants were introduced and there was one renewal which I renegotiated at a reduced rate of 6%. For the past 3 years the same tenants have stayed. I have negotiated the rent increase, organised the relevant certificates and done the tenancy agreement. The agents have done nothing and did not raise an invoice for the 2011 renewal so I assumed they had accepted they should not be paid as they have done no work on either renewal. Continue reading Renewal fees from letting agents – READERS QUESTION


Seven Benefits to Tenants of Dealing Directly with a Landlord Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

Seven Benefits to Tenants of Dealing Directly with a LandlordReaders response letter to the article entitled “Landlords should not be allowed to let their own properties” in which our reader lists seven benefits to tenants of dealing directly with a landlord in response to …. “give me 6 good reasons why these other not their fault necessarily but unaware Landlords should be allowed to. If you get past 3 I will be impressed!!” Continue reading Seven Benefits to Tenants of Dealing Directly with a Landlord


Selling a tenanted property portfolio – READERS QUESTION Landlord News, Landlords Insurance, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

My brother and I have decided to sell 9 of the properties in our portfolio. The purpose is to raise additional working capital to do more local refurb and flip deals. We are making between £30,000 and £60,000 a deal but we can only do one or two a year within our current resources. Therefore, selling some of our lower yielding properties furthest from home seems to make sense. Continue reading Selling a tenanted property portfolio – READERS QUESTION


Traditional or Fixed Fee Online Estate Agents? Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property Development, Property Investment Strategies, Property News, Question of the Week

traditional estate agents vs fixed fee online estate agentsHi Mark

I have a question for you and your readers regarding traditional estate agents vs fixed fee online estate agents if you think it’s worthy of publishing.

I’ve never tried these fixed fee agencies that keep springing up, I tend just to stick with traditional agents. Continue reading Traditional or Fixed Fee Online Estate Agents?


Question regarding Local Authority Homeless policy Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment News, Property News, Question of the Week

I have a property related question regarding Local Authority Homeless policy.

My local authority advises tenants to ignore section 21 notices and to stay in the property until a court order / bailiffs arrive. If the tenant does not do this my council deems the tenants to have made themselves voluntarily homeless and they will get no help with re-housing. Continue reading Question regarding Local Authority Homeless policy


DSS Over-payments – Readers Advice Request Guest Articles, Guest Columns, Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

As there are so many experts in the area of DSS over-payments (or LHA as it’s now called) I am going to open up this topic for our readers to provide Eve with the advice she has requested in her email to me which I’ve copied below …. Continue reading DSS Over-payments – Readers Advice Request


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